Hicksville Schools Try to Use Detection

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A school district just east of the border between Indiana and Ohio has attracted the attention of educators elsewhere with its latest security measure: a detection system of 39; weapons.

This is not a standard metal detection system. The unmanned aircraft does not interfere with pedestrian traffic because it monitors cylindrical shapes, which could include gun barrels, bullets and knife handles, said Justin Kuhn of Entry Shield, the company that has equipped the Hicksville School District Exempted with the system.

"We are not trying to create the airport," Kuhn said.

The system will not beep if a cylindrical object is identified. Administrative staff receive an alert and contact the school security team to investigate the problem, said Supt. Keith Countryman.

The staff will not necessarily know what is the cylindrical object – the security system is not an X-ray machine – but it will get a photo of the person wearing it, Countryman said.

He knows that the equipment works: a student wearing a metal bat triggered it, he said, noting that the bat was visible on the picture provided.

Hicksville, a district of about 1,000 students, has a building with three entrances. Until now, the new security system is only at the entrance to the high school, said Countryman, noting that a $ 40,000 grant would cover other people's equipment costs. entries.

The costs range from $ 30,000 to $ 40,000, he said.

Hicksville is the first school with Entry Shield, Kuhn said, adding that others were curious about how it works in an educational setting.

Countryman and Kuhn, a Hicksville alumni, recognize that no security effort can totally prevent a shootout at a school, but said this security measure was another deterrent for those seeking to harm .

"If I can help save a life in a school system, the time and money we invested in this system is really worth it," Kuhn said.

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