Speak Out: Metal Detectors in Schools?

School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie says metal detectors are not warranted in Carroll County schools.

On the heels of two gun-related incidents in Baltimore County, Baltimore County schools are beefing up security, including hand-held metal detectors for some security personnel. 

Carroll County, however, has no plans to utilize metal detectors in schools at this time.

On the first day of school in Baltimore County, there was a shooting at Perry Hall High School. Then this week, a 13-year-old at the teachers and students before the teacher removed the gun from the student, according to Essex Patch.

Do you think Carroll County schools should consider installing metal detectors? Tell us in comments. 

Starting immediately, there will be additional officers to patrol inside middle and high schools in Baltimore County and school resource officers will be issued handheld metal detectors according to a WJZ report

Superintendent Stephen Guthrie said he meets regularly with the coordinator of security for public schools and the feeling is that "installing metal detectors in our schools at this time is not warranted." 

Guthrie said there are safety protocols in place and the school system has a positive and cooperative relationship with local law enforcement agencies. 

"Instead [of metal detectors] we are concentrating on our efforts for school security on improving visitor management protocols at each school, upgrading our radio communications within each school, expansions and upgrades to surveillance cameras, and training of staff," Guthrie told Patch in an email.

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David J Iacono September 13, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Great idea. It would also help to have armed guards patrolling the schools. It's a sad commentary on our society that it has to come to this type of security in our schools. Our schools were once a safe place to go. So were our churches. Unfortunately with every wacko walking around with a gun today now including some of our kids thanks to the NRA and their bought politicians, tight security is required in schools to protect teachers and students from being massacred. We need to teach our kids that there is a better way to conflict resolution.
Debora Messier September 13, 2012 at 09:23 PM
My comment.. yes by all means use metal detectors. It is not the NRAs fault that kids shoot people it is our societies lack of acceptance that kids are not being taught virtues like honor, respect and developing character.... God and morals have all been erased from the schools... Interestingly enough in the 17 and 1800s youth carried guns !!!!! Adults did as well... but they did not go in and brutally murder their peers !!!! hmmm seems to me GUNS are not the problem... Medications are prescribed every day... but they are only abused by those who CHOOSE to mis use them....
Debora Messier September 13, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Its not the NRA.... Its the choices people make... If I have kitchen knives I do not need to stab people with them.... Seems to me the criminals get the guns... Law abiding citizens have a right to protect themselves.... I own a hand gun... I have a license to carry it.... Im a five foot three brunette and nurse.... People are doing these things because the far left is teaching that discipline is child abuse and respect is something reserved for our grandparents generation... Whenever you remove deter ants you will have lack of self control....and For every maniac who shoots innocent people there are a million law abiding gun owners who do not do such things.... Please do not blame the NRA for preserving our rights to bare arms... Our forefathers children carried guns but they did not take them into school and shoot their peers and teachers..... RE THINK this.... where does the problem truly lie?


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