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Philadelphia high school gets $500,000 to boost security after shooting incident

Dec. 30, 2022
State funding comes after 4 students from Overbrook High were wounded in November in a shooting near the school.

A month after four students were wounded in a shooting a block from Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, the state of Pennsylvania has provided $500,000 to the school for safety improvements.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that money was awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to make security upgrades and improve safety and communications technology.”

The shooting took place the day before Thanksgiving. Four students—two 15-year-old girls and two 16-year-old boys—were standing on the street a block away from Overbrook when they were struck by bullets. None of the gunshot wounds were life-threatening.

As violence around schools has ramped up, city police and the district’s Office of School Safety have added additional patrols and programs. Overbrook was already part of the safe corridors program that deploys city police near certain schools at arrival and dismissal time.

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