During a , several parents of Perry Hall High students had a single request: metal detectors at the school's entrances.
Had the security devices already been installed, some parents said, 15-year-old may not have been able to bring in the used to shoot 17-year-old on Aug. 27.
responded calmly to the repeated requests, but never endorsed installation.
"It's not something we're going to off-handedly dismiss ... it is something we are going to look into," Roberts said, adding that officials will review data on metal detectors' cost and effectiveness.
National School Safety and Security Services, a school security consulting firm, generally discourages school use of metal detectors in the schools.
According to the website's "School Metal Detectors" page:
School officials must therefore exercise caution to avoid overreaction, knee-jerk reactions and/or the temptation to throw up security equipment after a high-profile incident primarily for the purpose of appeasing parents and relieving parental, community and media pressures. Doing so may very well create a false sense of security that will backfire on school officials in the long haul.
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