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Gregory-Portland High School tests metal detectors

Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 18:24:59-05

Gregory-Portland High School is testing out metal detectors on campus.

School officials say it’s one of many options the district is looking into as an extra measure of protection.

“Security is our top concern in any school setting,” says G-PISD Superintendent Dr. Paul Clore.

The trial run started on Wednesday.

As soon as students walk through three designated entrances, they must walk through a metal detector.

“If you set off the alarm, you have to put all your stuff on a table,” says sophomore Chastity Phillips.

Students say many items easily set off the detectors causing long lines. Many students were late to their first period.

“I got there at 7:10 a.m. and I didn’t get inside until after the bell which was 8:00 a.m.,” says senior Andrew Mattis.

“My friend has asthma, and her inhaler set it off,” says Phillips.

The lines went a lot smoother on Thursday.

School officials say students had a better understanding of what items will set off the alarm. Some even had their items ready inside plastic bags.

The district will continue testing the devices for another week or so before determining if they are a fit for the school.