Proposal would govern use of metal detectors at Madison schools

Logan Wroge:

Madison students could face random and “as-needed” metal-detector screenings under a proposed policy being considered by a Madison School Board committee.

The proposal comes months after a student was injured in a shooting near La Follette High School, which resulted all students being screened with hand-held wands for two days.

The plan would establish policy governing the use of metal detector wands. No district policy on the use of metal detectors currently exists.

“It gives us another tool in our toolbox to keep schools safe,” said Joe Balles, the safety and security coordinator for the Madison School District.