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Metal Detectors In Palm Beach County Schools

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Safety is in full swing here in Palm Beach County, Florida. Schools around the county are now taking extreme precautions for the safety of their students. To ensure these students’ safety, metal detectors are beginning to be implemented in schools all across Palm Beach County. 

Preceding the introduction of the metal detectors, students were provided with an instructional video on how exactly to tackle them on a daily basis. They were given a step-by-step procedure on how to get through these metal detectors quickly and efficiently. Schools have begun scanning ID badges, as well as requiring students to take out laptops and three-ring binders to avoid being held up by the metal detectors. 

Here at West Boca High School, a trial run was underway on Friday, April 5th. For the most part, things ran very smoothly thanks to the help of faculty and staff, as well as the cooperation of students. The lines to enter school were quite lengthy, but administrators and students worked together to make the process as efficient as possible. Students followed instructions, carrying laptops and cellular devices over their heads as they passed through the detectors. Police were also on active duty during the whole process, ensuring an extra layer of security for our school.

The installation of metal detectors in schools is a part of a broader strategy to prevent violence, particularly in response to concerns about school shootings and other violent incidents. The presence of metal detectors can serve as a deterrent, discouraging individuals from attempting to bring weapons or even harmful substances onto school premises. Additionally, the use of metal detectors can provide reassurance to students, parents, and staff members that steps are being taken to ensure a safe environment in our schools. 

Despite the many positives, the implementation of metal detectors in schools also raises a few concerns about practicality, effectiveness, and potential drawbacks. Some people may argue that the metal detectors may contribute to a sense of mistrust within schools. Also, there are a few challenges to consider: such as the removal and replacement of the equipment by administration each morning, as well as avoidance of delays to school start times.

As we move forward in time, exercising this practice of the metal detectors will be improved, and soon perfected. This is just the first step in ensuring complete safety within our schools.

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Hi! My name is Olivia Eberhardt. I am a Senior at West Boca High School, and this is my second year on The Bullseye. My favorite things to write about are pop culture events and fitness. I am on the Girls’ Weightlifting team, and one of my favorite things is going to the gym. I was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and have lived in Florida for about nine years now. In the future, I hope to go to college and major in Political Science, as well as go to law school. I can’t wait for the year ahead!
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    JeanneApr 10, 2024 at 11:13 am

    so happy this is happening great idea, should work to save more students and staff

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