LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The issue of guns in schools is prompting a push to install metal detectors for every Jefferson County Public School student to walk through.
“Let’s have one place where they can go where they can feel like nothing can happen to them,” Louisville Attorney Felicia Nu’ Man said.
On Thursday, a panel organized by the Hood 2 Hood Movement, run by Community Activist Christopher 2X, discussed the metal detectors. The community conversation was held at the Chestnut Street YMCA.
The panel was mostly made up of attorneys, some of who wrote a letter to the district asking for metal detectors. The panel also included two JCPS students.
The panel was divided into three tables, pro, con and neutral.
“As a child, I would think an adult would listen to me and consider what I have to say,” K’Ori Terry, a junior at Central High School, said.
Some said students bring guns to school only to protect themselves. They also talked about money, stigma, race and the message students would come away with.
“A lot of my friends, you know, you can ask and interview and they’ll tell you metal detectors will make me feel like I’m in hell, in prison,” Terry said.
School board members and candidates sat through the two hour long panel. JCPS officials just came back from Cincinnati where they took a look at how metal detectors work in the schools there.
This discussion won’t be the last as the suggestion inches closer to a possible reality.
“Every student knows that they’re going through the metal detector and most likely, 99 percent chance that there’s no guns in schools, I think it will alleviate a lot of fear,” Nu’ Man said.
There will be three other panels on the topic, one in the South end of the city, one in the east and one made up of students. We’ll keep you updated when the dates are announced.