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Mid-Michigan school board member hears mixed opinions on metal detectors in school

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Would metal detectors in schools help prevent shootings?

Mixed opinions on having metal detectors in schools.

BAY CITY, Mich. (WJRT) - The shooting at Oxford High School has everyone wondering how to make schools safer from gun violence.

One possibility raised is metal detectors.

A Bay City school board member wanted to know what people thought and posted the question on Facebook. The response was mixed -- some for it, some against it.

But Bay City school board member Matt Felan said it's time for all school districts to ask, are we doing enough to protect our children?

"Hey Matt, what do you think about metal detectors in the schools and to be honest, I hadn't thought about it," said Matt Felan, about a question he was asked for the shooting Oxford High School.

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The Bay City Public Schools, like most schools in Mid-Michigan, do not have metal detectors. Saginaw's high schools have them in place and students are required to go through them every day.

Felan went to Facebook to see what people think about placing metal detectors at school entrances in hopes of preventing guns from getting into buildings. With about 200 comments, there were mixed responses.

"Others said, it was too dramatic, too burdensome, it won't work," said Felan.

He is open to the idea.

"Every option has to be considered, that said I wouldn't start with metal detectors," Felan said.

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He believes schools need to enhance programs that deal with bullying or mental health issues that students are dealing with every day.

"The bullying in schools is prevalent. Kids are dealing with it all the time, they are isolated and now it's even worse in today's generation, because it's bullying with smart phones, bullying on social media," Felan said.

Whether its metal detectors, anti-bullying programs or addressing the mental health needs of children, Felan said it's time for all school boards to think about this.

"We have great protocols and polices in place, but are we doing everything that we need to do to protect our kids?" he said.


Terry Camp anchors ABC12 News First at Four and ABC12 News at 5:30. He also reports on issues in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

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