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Kids speak out about school security problems

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The Atlanta Public School board called a special meeting on Saturday, but it wasn't administrators doing the talking, it was the kids.

Two panels of students from Atlanta public schools talked about the problems kids face and the possible solutions.

Board member Brenda Muhammad helped organize the event.

"If you ever want to get the truth just ask a child," said Muhammad.

And the kids delivered on everything from fights in the hallways, to guns and a lack of security.

"I've seen fights where there's blood everywhere and the child who committed the fight is at school a week later. If you suspend him what does that do to him? He just went home," said one student.

"To be honest if you want to bring a gun into the school it's possible," said 16-year-old Amadou Bax.

"Most of the time the kids won't even think about taking off their book bag. They'll just walk through metal detector and go down the steps," said another student.

Some students even admitted they were scared to be at school.

It was something that shocked some in the audience.

"They said they are very, very fearful. I didn't know the fear was so engrained but the kids said it themselves," said Muhammad.

The kids talked about possible solutions to all the problems and they made one idea very clear.

"Basically yeah, it's a lack of security at our schools," said one student.

A problem that isn't easy to fix with the district's and the city's tight budgets, but police said it can't just be ignored.

Deputy Chief Ernest Finley was at the meeting to represent the Atlanta Police Department.

"Those issues are real issues and we're supposed to have solutions. So if that's what they want we gotta make it work. I don't care how we do it," said Finley.

APS plans to have forums with the kids every quarter. The kids said they hope to hold the board accountable for making the necessary changes.

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