Mandating metal detectors, Philly School Board to vote later this month

Mike DeNardo
March 16, 2019 - 4:00 am

Mike DeNardo/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The school board votes later this month to require walk-through metal detectors at Philadelphia district high schools.

Some students have presented impassioned pleas, asking the school board NOT to mandate metal detectors.

Three of the city's 49 high schools -- Science Leadership Academy, SLA-Beeber and the Workshop School do NOT use metal detectors, but the district is seeking a consistent policy. 

Board president Joyce Wilkerson says the board will take up the proposed change at its March 28 meeting.

"The board has heard, and I know that Dr. Hite has heard the community's concern that metal detectors not be implemented in isolation."

READ: School Board to consider if all Philly district schools should have metal detectors

Superintendent Hite says requiring metal detectors is not meant as an indication that students can't be trusted.

“It's a reflection of the times we're in.  And they're designed, primarily, to make sure that individuals who want to do harm to children or harm to staff members are not able to enter the school without going through some sort of detection."

Board members have publicly for and against the change, and Wilkerson wouldn't speculate on how the full board will vote.