For the 2017-18 school year there are 19 total offenses.
"It does cause us to pause and say why is this happening, and what we can do to help reduce this from occurring," Reidenbach said. "Especially when we're talking about one of these situations with a firearm being discharged in a school."
The security and emergency management team has actions in-progress to make people feel safer at school. The actions the district said are currently in-progress include: school PA announcements to provide information to deter weapons, a video on the consequences of a weapon and how you can report it, ways to involve parents, an app or text-based alert system to stay anonymous while alerting officials, reward programs, focus groups and random searches throughout schools.
There are random weapon screenings performed at CCSD schools. Reidenbach said only three schools reported using CCSD's two portable walk-thorough metal detectors to perform a screening for this school year.
Two members brought up the use of full-time metal detectors within the district.
Full-time metal detector use would consist of 78 walk-through metal detectors, 78 handheld metal detectors, barriers, tables, and spare equipment. "The equipment cost would be a little under $350,000 as a one-time expense," Reidenbach said. "That is the cheapest number when you take into account the staff and staff time, training, police officers, the additional oversight, and maintenance staff. It would get significant."
Major Watson with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office was a part of the school security conversation and said a metal detector is not the most creative way to prevent firearms from entering the school. "Metal detectors is not the cure for all. I'm a parent as well and it will not reduce violence, it will not reduce weapons in the schools," Watson said. "I think the more tools you place in the student's hands, like the app you talked about and the campaign you talked about, I think that's the most creative prevention you can use."
The district is looking at options to make schools more secure, but Reidenbach said it will take a community effort to truly solve the problem. "There are a lot of things we can do as a district to help prevent issues from coming into our school buildings but to address our root cause, it's going to require the help of everybody," Reidenbach said. "Everybody within our schools, everybody within our community."
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