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Homeland Security officials analyze Wellington school security

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WELLINGTON — The Wellington school district had members of the Ohio Homeland Security analyze the security of its building earlier this month.

Representatives of the agency last Wednesday visited Westwood Elementary, McCormick Middle School and Wellington High School to check the ways they could improve their security.

Ohio Homeland Security Infrastructure Protection Supervisor Jason Bowman said the analysis is something any school or business can request.

“We look at their current security capabilities, what vulnerabilities may exist and what risk there is for something to happen in that facility,” he said.

The district, according to Superintendent Edward Weber, requested the analysis as a way to gain some peace of mind after a school threat was rumored.

“It was after the threat and people feeling insecure and wanted a professional to come in,” Weber said.

The school district conducted a search at Wellington High School after a rumor of a threat Feb. 21, but found nothing.

Weber said a rumor from September about a threat to the school had resurfaced following the school shooting Feb. 14 in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people. Weber said the school staff did their due diligence and searched lockers and student belongings as well as questioned students with the school resource officer.

After the all-day analysis, the agency will return in three or four weeks with a confidential briefing to the administration. The assessment’s results will show what strengths and weaknesses it has and where to build defenses.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BruceWalton.

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