POLL: Should Perry Hall High Install Metal Detectors?

Several parents suggested the installation of metal detectors in response to the student shooting.

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.

Where do you stand when it comes to metal detectors in schools? Do you believe the security increase would justify the cost?

Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Tim September 06, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Mike Lurz September 06, 2012 at 11:33 AM
OK, Ive heard ( over and over) about how parenting should solve the problem. Yes, in a perfect world it should. Clearly we are not in that world.
Tim September 06, 2012 at 12:19 PM
It doesn't take perfection for parents to not be terrible at their #1 job.
Laura September 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Everyone is so focused on the parenting of these kids.I get that everyone wants the parents to be more responsible for their kids but in reality there are over 2000 kids at Perry Hall High. Do you know how many parents and step parents these kids have? Would I love for every parent to be responsible and raise these kids right? Absolutely! Is it going to happen?? Nope. You're always going to have parents that just don't care about their kids. It's sad but the truth. My son goes to PHH and hearing about the shooting and not being able to get a hold of him for over an hour was the scariest moment of my life. I'm not sure what the solution is to letting our kids go to school and feeling safe about it. But, last year (I think it was last year) we got a letter from the school saying a kid brought a gun into school and was caught before he could do anything. So this shooting may have been an isolated incident, but bringing guns into the school is not. I don't want to wake up every morning, send my kids to school, and wonder if they will come home today. I don't ever want to feel the terror of hearing about a shooting at my kids school ever again. I don't want any parent to go through what Daniel's family is still going through. I hope there is a solution to this problem. But I am not putting my kids safety in the hands of other parents. Not everyone is good in this world. I will not put my faith in parents that will never change and will continue to screw their kids up.
Mina January 12, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Oh, but wait! The Sandy Hook shooting happened nearly a month ago! How about reconsidering the idea of installing metal detectors now? It's evident that our schools are not safe. Install the metal detectors, I'm all for it.


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