JCPS leaders, local attorneys tour Cincinnati school to see metal detectors in action
Last month, a group of local attorneys sent the district a letter demanding more stringent security to keep guns out of schools.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You don't have to go too far from Louisville to find metal detectors being used in schools. JCPS leaders and some local attorneys took a trip to Cincinnati on Tuesday to check them out.
"Every school in Cincinnati has security measures that are beyond anything we have here," said Louisville attorney Shannon Fauver.
Fauver is among the group of lawyers that sent JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens a letter last month. It asked for "more stringent security measures" at district high schools and middle schools.
"I wanted to get this installed in JCPS before we have an incident where everybody comes together, because that means somebody has gotten hurt," Fauver said.
The district has dealt with at least five incidents involving handguns so far this school year. One was at Noe Middle, where an eighth grader was arrested for bringing two guns to school.
Fauver says students in Cincinnati have gotten used to the increased security and that the schools even use wands at sporting events. She believes the measures have helped keep kids safe.
"Nobody's gotten hurt, and they haven't had any guns this year. Occasionally a knife will come in," Fauver said.
JCPS sent WDRB News a statement about the visit. It says in part:
"JCPS has a continuous improvement mindset when it comes to the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and schools, and we will continue to explore all options to enhance that security."
Fauver says there will be a forum Thursday night so that the public can weigh in.
"The only way that JCPS will do anything is if the parents and the community make them," she said.
But we found not all parents are on board. Some say metal detectors won't keep weapons out.
"I just think it's gonna be more of a logistical nightmare without any real benefit," JCPS parent Pete Kohlstruk said.
JCPS sent its Chief Operations Officer and director of security on the trip to Cincinnati. As for Thursday's public forum, it's at 6:30 p.m. at the Chestnut Street YMCA Ballroom.
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