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Parents seek new security protocols from school officials


Parents are urging Pike County school officials to loosen up one new security change in the school district and strengthen many others.

Monday was the first school board meeting since authorities found a gun on a transfer bus with a 17-year-old student.

In that meeting, parents suggested changes to Pike Central High and Middle School's new security measures. Including putting metal detectors at the main entrances.

All doors stay locked during and after school hours, but these parents had some major concerns.

It's been over a week since Pike County authorities pulled a 17-year-old student out of a school bus after school with a gun. The school corporation has since changed its security policies, no backpacks and no purses to and from class.

But parents like Juliet Knoll and Nellie Charles think there are better ways to ensure a safer environment.

"I do strongly believe that we should get metal detectors in our school system," said Knoll.

Knoll and Charles told board members tonight they are unhappy with how officials communicated the situation to parents, also asking them to consider funding metal detectors in the 2017 budget.

"I told them that I would be more than happy that I would do anything I possibly could to get that money," said Knoll. "Car washes, candy sales, anything. And I want to get other parents together and get in contact with me, so we can get this done."

Knoll has twins who are sophomores at Pike Central High and she says, her daughters are still scared to go to school.

"I want to protect- I want her to feel safe," said Knoll. "I want other children to feel safe when they walk through that school."

We are told board members will set out on a fact-finding mission as early as Tuesday learning how other districts handle security and how they use metal detectors.

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