SCRANTON -- Students and teachers were not the only ones in school. Police were also there, as part of the safety precautions after an alleged threat of violence at a school in Lackawanna County.
Students at a vocational school in Scranton had to pass through a metal detector before entering their classrooms.
This all started with an alleged threat, involving a gun, overheard in a restroom at the Career Technology Center.
The administrator says the information was shared with Scranton police and the Lackawanna County district attorney's office. They are working on some leads as they look for the student responsible and if the threat was serious.
Scranton police cars are normally not seen at the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County on Rockwell Avenue.
Police were there to help screen students entering the building.
Administration says it took the action after a student overheard a possible threat, involving a gun, in one of the rest rooms.
Tiffany Jackson of Scranton is an adult nursing student at the school that teaches trades to high school students and adults. Jackson says she briefly toyed with the idea of staying home because of the threat.
"I'm a paranoid person. I get scared really easily, but at the same time, I heard police were going to be here. Precautions are being taken, so I think that's enough to make me come to school," Jackson said.
The precautions included a metal detector, borrowed from the Scranton School District.
"We're doing everything we can, to do the best, to make sure this is a safe and welcoming place for our students," said school administrator Dr. Tom Baileys.
Baileys says they also sent out an automated phone message to parents, informing them of the alleged threat, giving them as much information as possible.
That's good enough for student Dylan Caudulo from the Abington Heights School District.
"They said they're checking our bags and the principal said they think we're safe here."
One of the changes affecting everyone, students and visitors, was the way they entered the building. The front doors were off limits. Everyone enters the building one way so they can go past the police and through the metal detector.
Another nursing student, Megan Martin, is OK with the actions designed to keep students safe.
"I'm not worried. I think the school has it under control. We should be all right."
The administrator at the Career Technology Center says the morning screening turned up clean, and attendance appeared close to normal.
Some students attend morning sessions here, others in the afternoon. Those afternoon students are going through the same screening as the ones in the morning.