X-ray machines at school?
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.
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?