Should Metal Detectors and Searches be Implemented in Schools?

I think not. After school shooting tragedies like Columbine and other school incidents, schools have been more aware of the safety of their students. Some school officials have laced their schools with metal detectors  which kids have to walk through every morning and afternoon in hopes that they will be able to catch students who are carrying weapons on them. Some schools also have locker searches at least once a month and some even check the students backpacks and bags before they even hit the classroom. 

 I understand that school is supposed to be safe and that all of these precautions are to ensure that the school environment is a safe place to be, but don’t school officials think that if they treat the students like criminals, they will soon act like it. Why should students have to be subjected to searches and pat-downs before they even get a chance to learn? 

Here is a video, though it’s dated, still proves my point.


2 Responses to “Should Metal Detectors and Searches be Implemented in Schools?”

  1. 1 iate59crayons
    July 7, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I understand the concern but I wonder – would your opinion be different if you were a parent? I think that knowing that I am sending my child to a school that is safe is worth having a talk with them to explain that the metal detecters aren’t there to hurt them or do anything bad, they are there to make sure that every student is in a safe environment. This is especially true if I were sending my child to a school with prior safety problems.

    Also, as a future teacher, I would like to know that I am not in harm’s way regarding my students. One day, I hope to be able to teach an 11th grade English class without fear that I’ll be gunned down as I turn my back to write on the board. I know that we can’t live our lives afraid.. but this is a threat and a problem that must be addressed because students and teachers should be in a safe environment.

    What do you think?

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