CMS will add walk-through weapon scanners in middle schools
Students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg's middle and K-8 schools will walk through scanners to check for guns in the coming school year, Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh said Friday.
The Evolv walk-through scanners were installed in most of the district's high schools this spring. They were ordered after the number of guns found on CMS campuses surged during the first semester of last school year.
"Guns were the leading cause of death for children and teens in 2020, surpassing injuries from vehicle crashes, drug overdoses or cancer," Hattabaugh wrote. "Only 100 miles away, the shooting of a Greenville, S.C., middle school student is a tragic reminder of this trend."
His note said the timeline has not been determined, and the communications office said the district is not ready to say what the cost will be or where the money will come from.
CMS spent $3.2 million to install the walk-through scanners at 13 large high schools and one small one, according to purchase orders provided by the district. The cost per school depends on how many entrances are covered and whether CMS buys one-or two-lane scanners.
CMS has 47 middle and K-8 schools.
Using walk-through scanners also requires staff and/or volunteers to monitor them while students arrive and to search bags when the scanners indicate there's metal inside.