Attorneys demand metal detectors at JCPS middle, high schools

Attorneys demand metal detectors at JCPS middle, high schools

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A group of Louisville attorneys is calling for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to install metal detectors at its middle and high schools because of "the continuing danger of gun violence."

In a letter to JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens, attorneys Robert Bornstein, Scott Drabenstadt, Shannon Fauver and Nick Mudd point out incidents of guns on school property at Noe Middle School and Atherton, Iroquois and Western High Schools over the last five weeks. They also mention a shooting inside Fern Creek High School in September 2014 that left one student injured.

"Ever-increasing and significant numbers of teenagers in Jefferson County possess loaded guns on a daily basis. We see this at the courthouse," the attorneys wrote. "It is not a matter of if, but of when, we will see the horror of children carried out of school in body bags."

The lawyers are calling for "stringent security measures" - regardless of cost - at all JCPS middle and high schools to prevent guns from getting inside them.

"Courthouses, airports, arenas and schools elsewhere are protected by magnetometers and scanner equipment," the attorneys continued. "Our schools deserve the same protection."

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They call the threat of gun violence at JCPS "preventable."

Read the letter by tapping here.

"The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority," a district spokeswoman said in a written statement. "We received the letter yesterday (Monday), and we are currently reviewing it."

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