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Gun found, Ohio shooting spark conversation about safety in BR schools

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Posted: Feb 28, 2012 10:16 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: gun, Glasgow, Ohio, shooting, schools, security, metal detectors, wands

BATON ROUGE- Parents in East Baton Rouge Parish are asking questions about security in schools a day after a gun was found in a local middle school, and three teens were killed at a high school in Ohio.

Currently, East Baton Rouge has metal detection wands in every school. It's also increased the number of portable, full metal detectors to 40. However, the district says those tools are used on an occasional and random basis.

Some parents at Glasgow Middle School, where the loaded gun was found on a 15-year-old Monday, say a fortress atmposhpere, including permanent metal detectors on every front door, may be what's needed to scare kids from taking matters into their own hands. Other parents say the drills for emergency situations taught in school now are enough, but a few think keeping a closer eye on troubled kids could be the simple solution.

School Board members were mixed on the concept of adding more security.

Board President Barbara Freiberg said, "I would recommend that we begin by taking a look at the students that we know have special needs or special discipline issues and carefully track those kids and maybe pay more attention to what those students are doing."

"If we have good administrators and teachers that sense issues there would need to be other steps such as metal detectors, if a situation warrants it," said Board Vice President Tarvald Smith.

"I think that schools are the safest place to be," said Board Member and Glasgow parent, Connie Bernard, "When I got the call yesterday I was not concerned at all because I know that the student who found out about the gun initially reported it. That's the kind of students we have at Glasgow and in EBR."

The school district says the student caught with the gun at Glasgow yesterday is being recommended for expulsion. News 2 called districts around the area for this story. Most rely on wands to check for guns, but not full-sized detectors.

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