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There was no cause for alarm at Barberton High School on Thursday...all the police activity inside was just a drill.
The school district and Barberton police used the simulation to test the response in the "ALICE" lockdown procedure.
Barberton police spokesperson Marty Eberhart says police inside the school dealt with a simulated - not real - suspect.
"Our officers engaged the suspect in the training," Eberhart tells AkronNewsNow.com. "Our schools did remarkably well, at the high school, our staff and our students, in their lockdown procedures."
Eberhart says that both department and school officials will learn from what happened in this drill/
"We're gonna use this to evaluate what we can do better, what we did well, and use it as a learning tool," says Eberhart. "And the schools are going to do the same thing as far as evaluate what they can do better next time."
"ALICE" stands for "alert, lock down, inform, counter, evacuate."
UPDATE 11:52 a.m. - There's more details coming from the recent arrest of a 15-year-old Barberton student who was allegedly found with two knives in his backpack Tuesday morning.
In a press release, Barberton police say the teen told school officials and officers that "he had a plan to take over and do harm at the school at some point in the future." Authorities say three other students knew and agreed to be a part of the plan.
Police say "there was no imminent threat and at no time yesterday were any students, staff or faculty threatened or in danger."
The 15-year-old student was charged with illegal conveyance of a weapon on school property, inciting to violence, aggravated riot, and inducing panic. The three other students, ages 13, 16 and 18, were charged with failure to report a crime, complicity to inciting violence, and aggravated Riot.
The juveniles were taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center and the 18-year-old student was booked into the Summit County Jail.
Police say the school district will be following its student code of conduct in disciplining the students.
Authorities say no further information will be released at this time due to the pending criminal cases in both juvenile and adult courts of law.
A Barberton High School student was arrested after administrators say they received a tip that the student had brought a knife to school Tuesday morning.
Barberton Schools Superintendent Patti Cleary tells AkronNewsNow.com that administrators were notified about the incident 9:30 Tuesday morning.
Cleary says it's unclear at this time as to why the male student brought the knife, but that police would be questioning him. She would not release any details on the boy's age or grade level.
She says one of the positives that came from the incident was the students' proactive approach to alerting adults to the situation.
"We've been trying to teach our kids that if you see something wrong or if you hear something that doesn't sound right to let us know right away," Cleary said.
One of the high school's two on-site resource officers arrested the teen after an investigation had been conducted Tuesday morning. Also arrested were two other male students who knew about the knife, but did not report it to the proper authorities.
Superintendent Cleary said the district would follow its code of conduct related to the discipline of all students involved.
The incident is currently under investigation.
Update: Superintendent Patti Cleary said in an email that the unnamed student described as being hospitalized following an attempted suicide was actually one of the protestors. Cleary said she has no knowledge of an attempted suicide.
The information above was added to the story at 4:15 p.m.
About a dozen Barberton High School students, along with a couple of parents, staged a protest outside the school this morning to urge the administration to take a tougher stand against bullying.
"I know it's a widespread issue," said a woman who didn't want to be identifed. "Everybody is afraid to step up. Somebody has to step up."
That woman was involved because she says bullying drove her daughter to an attempted suicide. The teen is currently hospitalized.
Other students, including Kristen Grimm, a junior, say they are tired of being the target of bullies.
"They've called me fat. That've called me anorexic. I get stuff thrown at me and the school hasn't done a thing."
Grimm says she reported the incidents.
"We never discount any claim of bullying and we investigate and do whatever we can to stop it," said Superintendent Patti Cleary.
Cleary says it's not legal for her to discuss infractions, investigations or sanctions as they relate to individual students. She says, however, that people sometimes misinterpret the silence for inaction. Cleary says there's a particular case this week that is still being investigated.
"We've been doing this all week with them and we'll continue to make sure that people are satisfied that we're trying to keep all the kids safe," said Cleary.
Cleary says administrators were flexible early this morning with the protestors in relation to their required arrival time. She says it's okay to express an opinion, but that doesn't excuse students from class.
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