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ATL Public Schools discusses policy change for metal detectors

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In the wake of last week's shooting, Atlanta Public Schools could be making some changes when it comes to metal detectors.

The shooting and the broken metal detector at Price Middle School was brought up at Monday's school board meeting and maintenance wasn't the only issue to come up.

Board chairman Reuben McDaniel said even if the metal detector was working, that doesn't mean it would have been turned on and he said that's normal.

"Historically we have let principals use them randomly or use them at their discretion at the middle school level because we haven't had that many incidents with 13 or 14 years olds," said McDaniel.

It's something he said has to change.

"We need to have consistent policy to use them on a consistent basis or not. I'm not in favor of every middle school kid going through metal detector every morning, but I do think they're good for random deterrence," said McDaniel.

But whether it's random or all the time, McDaniel said it doesn't equal out to a totally safe school, and he added that last week's shooting was a perfect example.

"We're all blessed and fortunate it wasn't a more serious incident but metal detectors would not have stopped this. If you want to use metal detectors they need to be working," said McDaniel.

He went on talk about that overall school safety. "If there was one thing that could solve it we would have done that already," said McDaniel.

No decision was made, but the discussion did open things up to a possible policy change down to the road.

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