• X-ray machines at school?

    Date: 04.01.11 | by Judge Tom.

    That’s right.¬† Schools in Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia have installed x-ray systems like those found in airports to strengthen school security.

    Metal detectors in schools have been in place for years.¬†They are used to screen students, visitors and staff. X-ray equipment provides an additional level of security by screening students’ belongings: their backpacks or any item brought on campus.

    Photo by Daquella Manera

    A pilot program in Washington, D.C. schools resulted in a 90% reduction in crime after integrating technology into the district’s school safety programs. Experts in the field report that in addition to improving the physical safety of students, the extra security affects the emotional well-being of everyone inside the buildings.

    Does your school have any of these security measures in place? How do you feel about this? Is there a need for more technology on campus to keep everyone safe? What about cameras at checkpoints like the ones you see in stores and other public places?

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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