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School board approves metal detectors for DCPS high schools

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — Duval County School Board members voted Tuesday to place metal detectors in all 19 district high schools.

The move brings many parents a greater sense of security following deadly school shootings.

“I was afraid to let my kids go to school actually, this year,” Bianca Harris said.

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For many parents like Harris, the fear of a school shooting is unfortunately top of mind. With six kids, and her oldest having just begun high school, Harris wants safety to be a top priority.

“I feel like the metal detectors is the best thing ever, especially for high school students,”

Harris added. Paid for with capital funds, the district will shell out more than $1.7 million a year to “Evolv Technology” over the next five years.

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According to the company, its Express Detection System can screen up to 3,600 people an hour. The company claims that rate is ten times faster than traditional metal detectors.

Evolv says it uses digital sensors and artificial intelligence to spot concealed weapons. The company says its system is used in other places like theme parks and Las Vegas casinos.

According to Harris, DCPS’ safety move is a big step in the right direction.

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“Anything can still happen, but it’s precautions being taken before school even starts, before allowing these kids to walk into school to make sure their safety is important,” she said.

DCPS wasn’t yet able to tell Action News Jax when the metal detectors will make it onto school grounds.

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