CMS Implementing New School Security Measures
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s the latest effort to keep guns out of schools. Wands, metal detectors, bag searches, and dogs that can detect gunpowder.
Each week a different high school will be selected.
“We’ll draw out. And we’ll draw out probably the day before. We’ll call the principal later that evening and say, ‘Your school has been selected, we’ll be on your campus about 5:30 tomorrow morning to get set up,'” says Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox.
The district is under pressure to make changes after the deadly Butler High School shooting in October.
“We aren’t going to profile individual kids, we’re absolutely going to resist the temptation to do any kind of stop and frisk like things,” Wilcox says.
Wilcox says having metal detectors in all schools is not practical. He doesn’t want any plan that would cut into classroom time.
The district has also upgraded security cameras at 11 schools and upgraded 45 door locks. 15 schools have completed active survival training.
“The policy is too vague. The policy is not far-reaching enough,” says Ardrey Kell High School Junior Luke Drago.
Drago helped lead a school walkout after the Parkland shooting in Florida. He’s grateful the district is trying new things, but says it isn’t enough.
“If I’m going to lock my door at night four days out of the year, am I truly instituting a comprehensive safety plan? Or am I doing something to get the pressure off my back? Am I doing something to get the community off my back?” Drago asks.