Some say a metal detector would have prevented that stabbing rampage from happening. But should metal detectors be in local schools? WILX Amanda Malkowski talked with some school administrators in Mid-Michigan to see if that's even a possibility. School administrators admit metal detectors work. however, it's still not something many are willing to consider right now. Lansing Schools tells me, metal detectors are just too expensive. I also talked to the Principal at Haslett High School who thinks metal detectors might make kids feel uncomfortable.
Could a metal detector have stopped this from happening? 22 injured at a school near Pittsburgh when a student wielding two large knives went on a stabbing rampage. That's just one question local school administrators like Haslett High School's Bart Wegenke are asking, as they re-evaluate safety policies in the wake of yet another school tragedy.
"Quite frankly, metal detectors do work, but you do have to have them staffed the other thing is... what perception do you want to give to students who enter into your building or community members who enter into your building," said Bart Wegenke, Principal of Haslett High School
Haslett High School does not use metal detectors. Administrators rely on students and staff to report abnormal behavior.
"In my experience, I think the best defense against that sort of thing is our community. We have a very supportive and inclusive one," said Alexa Walkowicz, a Senior at Haslett.
Policing each another is one tool, but some students say this incident has made tighter security measures like metal detectors seem like a good idea.
"It's be actually comforting to know the school is thinking about us after an incident in Pittsburgh. It's good to know they're thinking about us when they put money forth towards something like that," said Nathan Laczynski, a student.
But installing a metal detector costs a lot of money. That's one reason the Lansing School District doesn't use them either.
"There's first of all the expense of the metal detector. You have to have a labor force to man them," said Susan Land, LSD Director of School Support Services.
Instead the district has Lansing Police Officer liaisons, security cameras and a new phone app students and parents can use to submit anonymous tips.
"By being anonymous, it allows them the opportunity to do the right thing, to provide information to keep themselves and others safe," said
From tragedy, comes a moment of pause for administrators constantly searching for the best ways to keep kids safe.
"What it causes us to do, and for me in particular as a high school principal is to look back and reflect."
The Lansing School District's tip app is available on any smart phone. Just visit your app store. You don't have to be a student to submit a tip. If you have seen or heard something suspicious that relates to a school or student. You can submit it on there.