New metal detectors coming to Clayton County schools - CBS46 News

New metal detectors coming to Clayton County schools

Posted: Updated:

Some parents said metal detector wands are just what the doctor ordered for the Clayton County school system.

"I am 100 percent for it. Yes,"  said Jessica Allgood.

Like parents all over metro Atlanta, school safety is a major concern for many parents. Nearly two weeks ago, an unloaded handgun was found in a student's locker at Lovejoy High School.

"Clayton County has too many incidents where weapons have been brought to school," said Allgood.

School police and faculty at the county's 30 middle and high schools are already equipped with the wands. And the district just bought nearly 40 of the latest versions to replace the old and defective ones. School officials said the wands were not bought in response to the latest incidents involving weapons at schools, but some parents said the wands can't get here fast enough.

"I have a smaller child in elementary school and he is eight and it raises a very high concern for me. I think that is probably one of the wisest things they have spent money on here in the last couple of years so," Allgood said.

"I am one that is more of a realist and I just really feel like no matter what you have to take care of the people around you," said Joana Botchway, a parent.

Copyright 2014 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.