NACS, FWCS opt to get hand-held metal detectors

Northwest Allen County Schools and Fort Wayne Community Schools were among the districts who first decided not to get hand-held metal detectors.

Posted: Sep. 26, 2018 4:18 PM
Updated: Sep. 27, 2018 6:23 AM

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT)- Northwest Allen County Schools and Fort Wayne Community Schools were among the districts who first decided not to get hand-held metal detectors. Now, both districts are on board. 

"We weren't sure what our needs really were. We wanted to take it back to our committee and figure out how we could use them and how they might fit into our existing safety and communications plans," said Lizette Downey with NACS. 

The plan is to use the devices only when they're needed, similarly to how Southwest Allen County Schools use their metal detectors. 

"We will use them for our safety and security plans as it relates to reasonable suspicion," Downey said. 

NACS ordered 25 metal detectors, but Downey said it's not a huge change from the security measures that are already in place, and it's nothing for parents or students to be alarmed about. 

"We already had metal detectors, so this is just adding additional resources, which is of course appreciated," she said. 

Fort Wayne Community Schools spokesperson, Krista Stockman, said on the phone she won't discuss security plans for the district, but she said in a statement: 

"After reviewing our comprehensive school safety plan, we have determined that hand-held metal detectors can be incorporated into that plan. We are in the process of requesting hand-held metal detectors from the state and expect they will arrive before the end of the calendar year." 

Downey said every NACS school will have at least one of the metal detectors. 

"It's not a bad thing to have it available should the need arise, and it's there and a useful tool in our safety tool kit," she said. 

Any Indiana school that has not requested the metal detectors can do so by October 5th. 

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