Charlotte Schools Implement New Security Changes

Charlotte Schools Implement New Security Changes

New security measures are in place at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools this year, following the Oct. 29, 2018, shooting of a student at Butler High School.

New security measures are in place at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools this year, following the Oct. 29, 2018, shooting of a student at Butler High School.

The shooting, in which a student was fatally shot by allegedly another student in a crowded high school hallway, was one of at least six gun incidents on CMS campuses during the first half of the 2018-2019 school year.

Surprise security checks and backpack searches are among the new policies students were greeted with after returning from winter break. The searches will be random but performed on a regular basis, and will search for guns and other risky paraphernalia.

Other new security measures include camera monitoring, panic cards for faculty and the hiring of more guidance counselors, social workers and psychologists.

CMS considered adding airport-style metal detectors, but Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox said in November that they weren’t a feasible option.

“CMS is making security changes as announced on November 16 to help keep students and staff safe at school. CMS workers and contractors continue to install safety equipment, upgrade security technologies and update crisis procedures,” the district said in a statement. “Preparations for safety screenings at randomly selected schools, including wanding and bag checks, are moving forward thoughtfully to both enhance safety at school and protect the rights of students.”

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