JCPS leaders see metal detectors in action at Cincy Schools

JCPS leaders visit Cincy for metal detectors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It's a concern parents don't want to think about when they put their kids on the bus every morning, but some do.    

“I shouldn't have to worry about the fact that when my kids are at school there could be a gun,” Shannon Fauver, a JCPS parent, said.

Since the start of school in August, JCPS has seen six incidents of kids bringing guns to school, some of them loaded.  Shannon Fauver is also an attorney who is looking for a safer solution and asking for metal detectors. 

“You can't make everybody completely safe, you can't do that, but you can do the best you can,” she said. 

She and four other attorneys wrote a letter to school Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens advocating for metal detectors.

Now weeks later, JCPS leaders seeing those metal detectors in action while touring Cincinnati schools who use them on a daily basis. 

“We got to see, like this is what it should look like,” she said.

Fauver was joined by JCPS Chief Operations Officer Doctor Michael Raisor, Security and Investigations Stan Mullen and other attorneys in favor of metal detectors.

“In Cincinnati, they haven't had any problems, they haven't gotten any guns this year, they have them at all of their schools, they've had them since 1999,” she said. 

JCPS spokesperson sent WHAS 11 a statement about the visit saying 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.”

But not everyone is in favor of these metal detectors.  Some people are concerned about the cost, while others are afraid students will feel like they're entering a prison.

There will be a community discussion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chestnut Street YMCA Ballroom. It is a public event. 

 


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