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

Mike DeNardo
March 02, 2019 - 4:00 am
tudents protest metal detector policy at Thursday night's School Board meeting

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A policy requiring metal detectors at Philadelphia-area high schools has been a hot topic at the School Board. 

Only three of Philadelphia's 49 high schools do not have walk-through metal detectors.  

The district says they are considering a policy change that would mandate them at all schools.  

However, students at Science Leadership Academy, SLA-Beeber and the Workshop School have been adamant that they don't want them.  

"This kind of security, it doesn't keep us safe. It damages the most important part of any community:  Trust," said SLA-Beeber student Amiri Rivera.

Students at SLA presented 370 petition signatures to the board, opposing the change.  

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Several members on the nine-member board agreed with them, including Mallory Fix-Lopez.

"To get trust, you've got to give some of it away," she said.

"When we require metal detectors at every entrance of every high school we are criminalizing students at the outset," Angela McIver said.

Board member Julia Danzy said she was concerned about liability, if the district removed metal detectors from schools.

"Should any child be harmed - even if it was someone who spoke out against this tonight, there will be a lawsuit brought against the district," she said.

The board considers the policy later this month.

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