POLL: Should Perry Hall High Install Metal Detectors?

Several parents suggested the installation of metal detectors in response to the student shooting.

During a , several parents of Perry Hall High students had a single request: metal detectors at the school's entrances. 

Had the security devices already been installed, some parents said, 15-year-old may not have been able to bring in the used to shoot 17-year-old on Aug. 27.

responded calmly to the repeated requests, but never endorsed installation.

"It's not something we're going to off-handedly dismiss ... it is something we are going to look into," Roberts said, adding that officials will review data on metal detectors' cost and effectiveness.

National School Safety and Security Services, a school security consulting firm, generally discourages school use of metal detectors in the schools.

According to the website's "School Metal Detectors" page:

School officials must therefore exercise caution to avoid overreaction, knee-jerk reactions and/or the temptation to throw up security equipment after a high-profile incident primarily for the purpose of appeasing parents and relieving parental, community and media pressures. Doing so may very well create a false sense of security that will backfire on school officials in the long haul.

Where do you stand when it comes to metal detectors in schools? Do you believe the security increase would justify the cost?

Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Carrie Snead Ayd September 05, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I can't say I am either for or against the metal detectors. I do want my child to feel safe at school but I also don't want them to feel like they're walking through a courthouse or prison security check every time they walk into school. Yes, these mechanisms could have prevented the gun being brought into the school...just like no bombs are ever able to get through security at airports anymore. MANY things (starting at home) could have prevented this child from being able to get that gun into school that day. I think they could possibly cause havoc as well as a false sense of security, implying that they're safe because metal detector are there could backfire. Will they never go to the grocery store, the mall or other public places that do NOT have metal detectors ? It's a lose lose situation however it gets tossed.
John September 05, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Just think of the time and manpower it would take to have 2400 students pass through a metal detector at the begining of each day.
Neil B September 05, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Did they say he brought it in through a side door? I don't think it would have helped in this case.
Steven Pope September 05, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I have to agree with the woman who stood up and said parents should be more responsible for the rearing of their kids. Metal detectors wouldn't prevent a shooting on school property.
Paul Amirault September 05, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Just a foolish idea. The plan would be to stop a shooting "inside" the school. Just shoot them after school while they are outside. This is bureaucratic non-thinking and the principal needs to stand up and say so. In this country, if someone wants to shoot somebody, they will. They just wait for the right opportunity.
PerryHallParent September 05, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Truthfully, I do not believe that metal detectors are the solution to preventing violence in any school. Yes, it will prevent a gun from entering the school, but it will not prevent a lettuce knife (yes I know a silly example, but still, just getting the point across that there are many types of weapons) from getting in and if someone is determined to cause someone harm, it will happen regardless of the incredible expense and time involved with implementing such a system. I can't imagine what it would be like for over 2,000 students to go through this every day. Would this prevent a young lady from bringing in a nail file? What about a cell phone? Keys and key rings? Just the thought of the complications are incredible, but yes, I also realize how serious the shooting was and still keep Daniel and his family in my thoughts every day.
Mike Lurz September 05, 2012 at 07:03 PM
The metal detectors are getting way more attention in the Patch than they did in the meeting
debbie shelley September 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
the kids at perry hall go in and out of the building all day long with the modulars outside. how could they ever monitor all of the students coming and leaving? just not feasible.
PerryHallParent September 05, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Excellent point debbie shelley.
You September 05, 2012 at 08:27 PM
No! Parenting should be placed at a higher standard. Tens of thousands of students have attended PHHS; there has never been a shooting. The school should remain as is. The quick judgements and solutions just add to the BS which ties up the courtrooms and lets kids off the hook by fault of the bogus laws and machine error.
Mark Lundin September 05, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Deciding to install metal detectors at one single school would be similar knee-jerk reaction thinking as installing a fence around one small single area of railroad tracks in Ellicott City where the train derailed. http://ellicottcity.patch.com/articles/fences-erected-after-ellicott-city-train-derailment
Allison September 05, 2012 at 10:44 PM
PHHS is a safe school. I went there, and so did both of my sisters, without incident. The worst thing that really happens is there's sometimes a shoving match between two students that is quickly resolved. What happend is horrible, and I understand something needs to be done, but ask the students: more than not have returned to regular schedules and are okay. Something this drastic will just pull this memory to the front of their minds every time they walk through those doors, and stain the school forever.
Tim September 06, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Mike Lurz September 06, 2012 at 11:33 AM
OK, Ive heard ( over and over) about how parenting should solve the problem. Yes, in a perfect world it should. Clearly we are not in that world.
Tim September 06, 2012 at 12:19 PM
It doesn't take perfection for parents to not be terrible at their #1 job.
Laura September 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Everyone is so focused on the parenting of these kids.I get that everyone wants the parents to be more responsible for their kids but in reality there are over 2000 kids at Perry Hall High. Do you know how many parents and step parents these kids have? Would I love for every parent to be responsible and raise these kids right? Absolutely! Is it going to happen?? Nope. You're always going to have parents that just don't care about their kids. It's sad but the truth. My son goes to PHH and hearing about the shooting and not being able to get a hold of him for over an hour was the scariest moment of my life. I'm not sure what the solution is to letting our kids go to school and feeling safe about it. But, last year (I think it was last year) we got a letter from the school saying a kid brought a gun into school and was caught before he could do anything. So this shooting may have been an isolated incident, but bringing guns into the school is not. I don't want to wake up every morning, send my kids to school, and wonder if they will come home today. I don't ever want to feel the terror of hearing about a shooting at my kids school ever again. I don't want any parent to go through what Daniel's family is still going through. I hope there is a solution to this problem. But I am not putting my kids safety in the hands of other parents. Not everyone is good in this world. I will not put my faith in parents that will never change and will continue to screw their kids up.
Mina January 12, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Oh, but wait! The Sandy Hook shooting happened nearly a month ago! How about reconsidering the idea of installing metal detectors now? It's evident that our schools are not safe. Install the metal detectors, I'm all for it.


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