School districts discuss metal detectors

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It's not unusual to walk through metal detectors at any airport or even at concert venues like INTRUST Bank Arena.

If you ask some students, they don't really want to go through detectors to get into school.

 "It wouldn't make kids feel welcome to come to school at all" says Goddard student Nalell Kapten.

After the deadly shooting at a Florida High school, the discussion of metal detectors strikes again.

Goddard's school district police Chief- Ronny Lieurance says metal detectors aren't the answer to prevent school shootings. 

"At what point do we turn our school entry ways into the airport and screen people, baggage before they go to class?" says Lieurance.

The metal detector has only has one portable unit and so far they've only used it at prom. 

Wichita Public Schools has a few it breaks out for events like graduation but also if there are school threats. 

"We have 16 variety of machines that we use in our schools." says USD 259 Executive Director of Safety Services, Terri Moses.

It even has a few hand- held wands as a backup. 

While a number of districts may have one or several to use -there's a few districts that are convinced they're the solution.

"You can spend a lot of money on a device like a metal detector and still you haven't provided the complete security that everybody would like to have" says Augusta superintendent Dr. John Black.

Even the third-largest school district in the state, Shawnee Mission doesn't have any. 

"It would not be my recommendation to add metal detectors because truth of the matter is they are terribly expensive to operate and staff" says John Douglass.

On average top of the line models cost 3 to 5 thousand dollars each. Cost aside the truth is districts we talked to would rather put money into more officers. 

That's just what students thought too. 

"I don't think they should be added to schools. I think implement more security guards, police officers, also different program to connect with students more."

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