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Schools exploring metal detector wands

A recent initiative is giving schools the opportunity to receive free handheld metal detectors.

Posted: Jul 17, 2018 6:36 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2018 6:42 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) - In the wake of the Noblesville school shooting, one thing that remains in constant discussion is school safety.
Metal detectors at school entrances may be the best way to promote, but they may not be the best solution.

Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent Les Huddle beleives it would be difficult to channel hundreds or thousands of students through these portals daily.

"Think of an airport. When your flight leaves at ten in the morning, they want you there at 8 am. When our school starts at 8 am, we don't want the kids there at 6 am just so we can pass them through security," said Huddle.

The other reason why schools haven't used detectors? The cost.

The Department of Justice estimates the average price for metal detectors equipped for school security at 4 to 5 thousand dollars per detector.

The wands wouldn't affect school budgets, as they are provided free by the state.
Additionally, they would still provide an increase in security, especially for case-by-case incidents.

While the concept is intriguing, Huddle still thinks there are too many questions left to be answered.
"We're going to have to figure out how use these, how to train people to use them, what happens when you do get a hit, who's going to do it, because usually once school starts, everyone already has some type of assignment," said Huddle.

Huddle says any decision would be made with community input.
"Once we come up with what we feel is a good plan and share that plan with the community and our parents, that they'll say hey, at least we're trying to make it a little bit safer than what it is today," said Huddle.

The first deadline to apply for the programs is Thursday, July 19th. This would ensure the handheld detectors to arrive by mid-August.

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