School dis­trict alerts par­ents about drone

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE -

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.

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