LEECHBURG (KDKA) – When Leechburg students return to class next week, they will notice a security guard and metal detectors.

The district made the decision to have the metal detectors installed after a 13-year-old brought a handgun to the school in April.

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On Thursday, the district held an open house and ice cream social for the students to get used to the changes and to answer any questions.

The guard will be set up at the cafeteria entrance. The school district is using money from the state’s Safe Schools grant to pay for the guard at a rate of $33 an hour.

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The guard’s duties will not impact the school’s resource officer. The security company is being hired on a 30-day trial basis.

The school board intends to finalize this contract in the coming days and will evaluate other alternatives to having a hired security guard.

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