Some students urge school board to say no to mandating metal detectors

Mike DeNardo
February 22, 2019 - 12:05 pm
Philadelphia school board's Student Achievement and Support Committee.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Some Philadelphia students are continuing their opposition to a plan that would require metal detectors at the entrances to all district high schools.

The school board has been considering a policy change that would force the three district high schools that don't use walk-through metal detectors to use them. The Workshop School in West Philadelphia is one of them.  

Charles Mitchell, a sophomore there, urged a board committee Thursday night not to mandate a metal detector at his school. 

"I go every day through a tiny doorway, swipe my ID and proceed to class.  It would be unethical to try to add a huge metal detector in the way. There would be kids upon kids lining up around the corner trying to get it. And it would give students the mentality that if they come late, they'll miss this long line," Mitchell said. 

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Mitchell says metal detectors would destroy the atmosphere of trust at the school, and he's collected 200 petition signatures against the move.  

Board member Mallory Fix-Lopez took his comments to heart.

"I heard what you said. I think it's being taken very seriously. And I can tell you I stand completely with you, that metal detectors are not what we need," Fix-Lopez said.

The issue is one of a number of policy changes up for discussion - but not a final vote - at next Thursday's board meeting.