Metal Detectors weren’t working during Atlanta School Shooting

APS: Metal detectors weren’t working day of school shooting


Posted: Feb 01, 2013 9:42 PM ESTUpdated: Feb 01, 2013 10:29 PM EST

By Steve Kiggins – email
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -Atlanta Public Schools (APS) said metal detectors at Price Middle School weren’t working the day of the shooting, and there has been limited use of the detectors all school year.APS officials are planning for security upgrades following a school shooting that sent 14-year-old Telvis Douglas to the hospital.

Douglas is recovering, but investigators still don’t know how the suspect got the gun on campus.

The school district said there are metal detectors at the school, and they were checking them out Friday morning, and the district confirms neither of the two detectors were working the day of the shooting.

“We had people check on them this morning, I was there,” said APS Superintendent Errol B. Davis. “They were working on them this morning.”

Close to 2 p.m. Thursday, an argument between two groups of kids escalated into a shooting. Investigators aren’t sure if Douglas was the intended target.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed promises to make improvements on existing security procedures.

“You will see enhanced security protection around the campus and APD and Chief Turner will stand ready and available to stand ready with APS to ensure that they have a plan in place to ensure that all the devices are working,” said Reed.

“We are actively reviewing our security strategy as the mayor alluded to,” said Sands. “We are working with Chief Turner’s staff so we have a coordinated effort and response.”

Reed wants every public school equipped with surveillance cameras linked to Atlanta police so officers know what to expect when responding to emergencies.

“Chief Turner will stand ready and available to partner with APS to ensure that they have a plan in place that all devices are working,” said Reed.

Police aren’t identifying the shooting suspect for fear of retaliatory actions against the child.

The suspect was charged with several felonies. The district attorney will decide if he’ll be charged as an adult.

One of the two metal detectors at Price are now operational and students also go through additional screening with the use of a security wands.

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