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Howland schools install security devices in classrooms

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HOWLAND TWP., Ohio -

Howland School officials are  working to keep students safe by installing devices to keep classrooms secure during emergencies.

Bolo Sticks are being installed on classroom doors.

The Bolo Stick was invented by Howland police officer Bill Barna and is a device that helps prevent a door from being forced open.

The stick can withstand a force up to two tons. 

Howland superintendent Kevin Spicher says they wanted the increased security because of their aging buildings and infrastructure.

"We are always looking at situations like OSU, and it's just a reminder to us of what we have to do to remain cognizant of what the things that are going on everyday and the security issues that could harm and impact our students. We want to make sure that we are out there on the front line," said Spicher.

Howland is also increasing security at the front entrances of their high school and middle school to make sure that if someone gets into their building, they can't gain access to the entire school and all the classrooms. 

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