Metal Detectors in Schools: Help or Harm?

After the attack in 1999 in the Colorado’s Columbine High School, security has become the prime concern in every school. Schools are now using metal detectors and scanners as a part of their rules and principles. Every day student queued up, outside the premises unbuckling their shoes, belts and even emptying their pockets off the coins if they have any. This process is taking a marathon time and even delaying the students for their classes. A school is meant for education but now metal detectors are becoming the first preference for the school authorities.

If a student is delayed for his first class for a silly reason that is indeed useless in the school regulation. The metal detectors are silly in the sense that when attackers will target a school they will obviously do it on the purpose of killing people so what a metal detector will do in that case. Attackers will not by a metal detector or a scanner for a security check up. Even a software for evaluating threat is of no use as no attacker is that fool to threat of an attack to aware people. Even a SWAT team has no function in securing the school from any kind of attacks as every attack occurs for a minute and everything ends up before police or any security team arrives for help.

Security experts, police and researchers have suggested that instead of depending on physical security systems like metal detectors, scanners and threat evaluation software, its better to interact with the students more to stop any attack will it is in progress. Students might come to hear certain suspicious events going to take place in the school through which the school may track an attack. Watch out for any rare or suspicious actions in the school premises which might be a preplanning of an attack. With these alerts a school can be safer to attacks than depending blindly on physical security systems.

All articles contributed in full or part by Athens Learning college preparedness resource.


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