Philly school board set to decide: Should all high schools use metal detectors? [philly.com]

 

The Philadelphia school board is slated to decide a tough topic Thursday night: Should every high school in the city require students to pass through metal detectors?

All 49 Philadelphia district high schools have the scanning equipment, but three don’t use it. A proposed board policy would shift that, effectively requiring Science Leadership Academy, Science Leadership Academy at Beeber, and the Workshop School to use their metal detectors.

Amir Curry, a senior at SLA Beeber, thinks that metal detectors criminalize students and have no place in his West Philadelphia magnet school.

“SLA Beeber students do not view this policy as a safeguard of their health and safety," said Curry, a member of the Philadelphia Student Union, a youth group against the policy change. “To SLA Beeber students, this policy … is a clear violation of their power, voice and autonomy.”

To read the full article by Kristen A. Graham, click here.

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