Lansing School District Reviews Safety Measures

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

The Lansing School District is reviewing its safety procedures after at least three students were shot a block away from Sexton High School Tuesday.

"Everybody is concerned obviously, and we are concerned, but we know the administration is working to find ways to enhance or make changes to make security better," said Guillermo Lopez the Lansing School Board President.

President Lopez said the district is considering having dogs randomly check for weapons or drugs and maybe even installing metal detectors.

"It's not like it was random," said Lopez. "It was a planed altercation so we just have to deal with it at this point."

The school already has security officers on campus.

While many parents would not be interviewed on camera, they agree the school is trying its best, the question is whether it's enough.

"To say that things are safe, no ones really sure on that," said Garry Kibbey a parent who has kids at Sexton. "You know I worry about my kid whether they are not at school or whether they're at school, so it doesn't really matter where they are at."

The parents I spoke to would welcome metal detectors or random searches by police dogs.

The Michigan Association of School Administrators (MSAS) says regardless of hardware and software, relationships can make a school safe.

"Positive cultures are the primary way we can reduce violence," said Linda Wacyk, a spokesperson for the MSAS. "When people are getting along, when they feel safe, when they feel heard, when they feel seen, they are going to resort to violence less often."

Students say while they do feel safe, more security definitely would not hurt.

"Cause some people have deadly weapons, like pocket knives and some people have some stuff they are not supposed to have like marijuana," said one student.

The surrounding community has showed strong support. School spirit signs are both on campus and in homes near where the shooting happened.

The district hopes to have the results from the review in about two weeks. Then it will make any decisions after that.

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