- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha school district wants to know if parents and principals would support using metal detectors or drug-sniffing dogs in schools.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1NKk6Ef ) the district is asking about those measures this fall in a survey.

District officials say they haven’t decided to expand the use of any of these measures. Superintendent Mark Evans said he wanted to gauge how principals, teachers and parents feel first.

The district has been using metal detectors at certain high school basketball games since 2010, and police officers are stationed in all middle and high schools.

But metal detectors haven’t been used during the school day in Omaha or nearby districts in the metro area.

Several school board members appear open to using tougher security, but they want to know the survey results first. And they want to be sure security measures aren’t disruptive or used only at certain schools.

“It’s not for gotcha, it’s for prevention,” board president Lou Ann Goding said. “That’s why you do these things. It’s a preventative measure and to give folks confidence that we’re actually monitoring what happens in buildings.”

Board member Matt Scanlan said he’d rather see random searches instead of having metal detectors at school entrances.

“I wouldn’t want my child going to a school that has a permanent metal detector,” he said. “It just sends a bad message. We’re talking about a few individuals who are bringing these weapons or guns. The majority of students, this doesn’t pertain to.”

Some principals have already said they would be concerned about the logistics of using metal detectors at the door because of how it would slow down students in the morning.

“There’s a careful balance between creating safe schools and a welcoming environment,” school board member Lacey Merica said.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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