Metal Detectors in Public Schools?

United States
August 28, 2009 1:35pm CST
Do they have metal detectors in any of the public schools in your area? IN particular the highschools? They do in the inner city in the biggest school district in the state. I find it very sad that kids can't leave the laws of the street & thug life at the door. And with such a poor graduation rate if we ever had to move, I would not move there plus their taxes are insane. It's just sad that it's come to his for someone to recieve a decent education w/o worry of voilence while they are trying to get that education and a better life. And I'm sure after the incidents @ Columbine & other copycats have also created a need for such precautions. TO think being a teacher used to be a safe, well paying, saught after job.
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@KMPierce (165)
• United States
28 Aug 09
Yes some of the high school have them here. It is sad that we have to protect the kids in this way, but as a parent it does give you a little more peace of mind knowing that my kids are better protected.
• United States
28 Aug 09
That is true it may give a little bit of peace knowing they are trying to prevent problems. But it not is 100% perfect in stopping problems from getting past security.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
28 Aug 09
I blame this mostly on the people who undermined our principals and teachers and stripped them of all authority to discipline our children. That, and the "self-esteem" movement that said even one failure can damage a child for life. Then how will they ever learn the joy of succeeding?! It won't stop till parents are more involved with their kids and we stop promoting poverty and ignoring the misery it spreads. Parents, both single and married, who are working 2-3 jobs to support their kids can't be as involved as they should be.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
28 Aug 09
Not in our school district, but the city is about 20 minutes from here, Syracuse, and I think those schools, including middle schools, do have them. I know it was something they were talking about while I was still in high school, and at that time they had security guards with those hand held detector things and they'd do random back pack searches. They put in the permentant detectors a few years after I'd left. My sister is starting high school now and she's in the city. It's pretty scary some of the stuff my mom tells me about. Half the girls my sister is in school with already have kids, like 1 and 2 years old even... and they aren't even in high school yet!! That's pretty darn sad!
• United States
28 Aug 09
They even had to do that for sporting events too as they've had riots in MPS activities that have turned into violent mobs. Even the other year a parent drove their kid to a school and went to the school to help the kid beat the snot out of a classmate! THE PARENT was beating the classmate! Where's the maturity there? http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/29452349.html Oh I know from the way my friend from HS e-mails me about her now 17yo (who has a 14mo ds, delivered @ age 15) that her daughter wasn't worried about what her friends thought of her pregnancy because several of them had kids already! Same with my neice who's 14 she was talking about a few girls she knows who are moms and this neice is only just started 8th grade!
@psycospaz (320)
• United States
28 Aug 09
They installed metal detectors in my tiny little high school my senior year of 2002. We all thought it was funny and stupid because our graduating class was under 1000 students. But the school district said it was mandatory. I personally think it is a good idea to help keep our kids safe, but I think that the parents should step up and start by taking responsibility for their children so that the school violence doesn't happen in the first place.
• United States
28 Aug 09
The violence shouldn't happen at all! IT's not necessary! I had a classmate who was bussed in via chapter 2-20 (wich transported kids from the inner city to the burbs & vice versa so that the schools were not racially segregated) and he was shot in his leg in his neighborHOOD over his SHOES! HIS SHOES! OMG.... it's one thing to pay someone a compliment or save up or get odd jobs or something to buy them for yourself it's another to shoot someone. My graduating class was I think 250 way back in 1994.
• United States
31 Aug 09
no,they don't even have fences here like some places i've lived at. and they should-kids today aren't quite the same.and not only that,if you don't have fences anybody can walk in off the street,not just kids starting trouble.
• United States
29 Aug 09
While I dislike the idea of metal detectors in schools, I also think they are necessary to protect U.S. children in some areas. What's worse- a metal detector or a shooting?
@gossipzz (500)
• Canada
29 Aug 09
Yes it is a sad school system. Youth of today do no know how to behave. School should be a place for learning and they should leave their troubles at the door. Some do not take their teacher seriously and want to harm their teacher. Where I am at they are not any metal detectors in the school system. I don't think they should be metal detectors.They are not in prison. Children just need to control themselfs and think of other people around them. Happy lotting.
• Indonesia
29 Aug 09
It's important
• Philippines
28 Aug 09
I think metal detectors in schools are not necessary and I think the school is a place where the children must be taught good conduct and if properly done, they kids will learn to respect each other. If you will introduce metal detectors, it is also like you are saying that you don't trust these kids anymore and you should give confidence that they can act properly inside the schools.