School district alerts parents about drone
Akron Public Schools are warning parents about a possible suspicious drone flying around the Windemere Community Learning Center in the city’s Ellet neighborhood.
Windemere Principal Megan Lee-Wilfong sent a letter to families Monday saying a neighbor had reported a drone with “voice technology” talking to children who were playing on school grounds in the evenings and over the weekend.
“Witnesses have claimed that the voice in the drone has attempted to lure children off school grounds,” she wrote in the letter.
“If you are allowing your child to come to school to play in the evenings or on the weekends, please make sure that he/she is accompanied by an adult. I know that children playing at school would seem safe, but without adequate adult supervision, anything can happen,” she continued.
Schools spokesman Mark Williamson stressed that the drone has not been spotted during school hours and school officials have not seen it.
Akron police spokesman Rick Edwards said police haven’t received any complaints about a drone acting suspicious or talking to children near the school.
He urged people to contact authorities if they see a drone acting suspicious, but also noted that it’s not illegal to fly drones.