City schools look at putting metal detectors in school - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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City schools look at putting metal detectors in school

The talk of having metal detectors and x-ray machines in Memphis City Schools is nothing new, but actually implementing a plan is.

The district did a feasibility study on putting the equipment in every Middle and High School in Memphis.

The cost will be more than 4-million dollars if approved.

This afternoon, Action News 5 spoke with Samuel Moses, the Chief of Security for Memphis City Schools.

Moses is all for putting metal detectors and x-ray machines in the schools.

He would like to start by doing random checks and slowly transition into checking every single student.

The critics of these machines say not only will they cost taxpayers millions of dollars, but they'll slow the students down every morning as they go to school.

Moses said it's true. It would take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to get every student through the front doors. He said it is time well spent when it comes to your child's safety

"It's a strong deterrent. One of many.  We don't only rely on the metal detector alone for this.  We have other security measures in place. We have the XO phone, the access systems, we have the voicemail system.  All these things we have in place to beef up our security for schools. This is only one measure," Moses said.

The study also looked at hiring more staff to use the machines and the cost to do so.

Memphis City Schools is also looking at having its own police force. One completely separate from the Memphis Police Department.

Action News 5 spoke with the Chief of Security for the Philadelphia school district, James Golden.

They have had metal detectors and x-ray machines in every High School the last 10-years.

Golden said they have been "very successful" with the equipment.

Just this school year, they have confiscated five guns either by metal detector or x-ray machine.


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