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WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: Metal detectors for schools

WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

It is a sad commentary on our society. This week, the Memphis City School Board ordered a study to determine whether all students should have to go through metal detectors in order to enter school each day.

The board is correct in taking an aggressive stance to ensure safety in the classroom, and metal detectors can be a useful tool. They are, however, just one tool, so their use needs to be considered as part of an overall safety package.

A recent federal study warned that metal detectors and other forms of physical security are not likely to be as effective as paying more attention to students and encouraging them to report what they hear. That’s what the Trust Pays program does here in Shelby County. The program is associated with Crime Stoppers and has been responsible for removing four guns out of city schools so far this year.

Let’s hope the metal detector study produces a good result. Our public school students deserve the best protection we can provide for them.

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