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Mars Area reflects on safety, security

MARS — In the wake of two threatening incidents at Mars Area High School, the board reflected on its security and safety Tuesday.

“Just so everyone knows, we continue to look at our protocols,” superintendent Mark Gross said. “We’re going to continue to do that, meet with our local police department, state police, internal stake holders — try to maximize our safety efforts.”

A gun scare at Friday’s basketball game and charges against a student for carrying a 5-inch knife into the school on Feb. 1 have lead to a review of school security practices.

“I can’t say enough about the response on Friday night,” Gross said. “It was not a Mars student and nothing happened in the building, but it was still on our property — and those that responded ... did a stellar job, a textbook job.”

Gross praised school security and the Adams Township Police Department for their quick response.

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