Lafayette School Corporation approved for 30 hand-held metal detectors

Schools in the Lafayette School Corporation will share thirty hand-held metal detectors as a way of ensuring school safety.

Posted: Jul. 24, 2018 5:10 AM
Updated: Jul. 24, 2018 5:45 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Schools in the Lafayette School Corporation will share 30 hand-held metal detectors as a way of ensuring school safety.

This is thanks to a new state program allowing schools one hand-held metal detector for every 250 students, free of cost.

The district's two high schools, two junior high schools and eight elementary schools will share the hand-held metal detectors.

There are questions surrounding the devices. How will someone be trained? How soon will schools use them?

Superintendent Les Huddle said he will have more answers in two to three months, after the Safety Committee comes up with plan.

He said not to expect the hand-held devices to be on hand when school starts this fall.

"But the goal will be to try to come up with a common sense approach. We're not sure what that is yet," said Huddle. "We have been able to identify some schools that are already using wands and we'll be touching base with them to see how it's going, to see what works and what doesn't work."

Other school districts in our viewing area receiving hand-held detectors include:

Attica, Frankfort, Crawfordsville, Faith Christian, Lafayette Christian, Brookston, Lebanon, Logansport, Williamsport, Peru and Rossville.

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