No metal detectors for area schools at this time: CCRSB

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AMHERST - The superintendent of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board hopes metal detectors are never needed to ensure student safety.

AMHERST - The superintendent of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board hopes metal detectors are never needed to ensure student safety.

"It's not something we'd like to have to consider," Noel Hurley said. "I'd shudder to think that we'd have to take such drastic measures."

Schools in the Maritimes have taken on an inner city feel of late with a number of weapons offences and threats of violence against students and staff. A student at Amherst Regional High was arrested in early May after bringing an air pistol to school while several schools in the Halifax area were shut down for two days last week after a series of bomb threats.

There have also been a number of incidents in New Brunswick schools prompting the education minister there to consider placing metal detectors in that province's schools.

Hurley said no threat is taken lightly by school officials. On Friday, board officials spoke to every police agency in the Chignecto-Central area to review policy about what happens in the event of a bomb scare.

"We have a pretty good partnership established with police and have good procedures in place in our zero to 30 guide for school staff that hopefully there wouldn't be a need for (metal detectors)," Hurley said. "We've got good students in our district. There are some students who make bad choices but they are good students."

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: Chignecto, AMHERST, Halifax New Brunswick

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