Depending on what the Volusia County School Board decides, the county's high schools could soon have metal detectors on campus.

What You Need To Know

  • After Mainland High School was put on lockdown on Sept. 9, the Volusia County School Board is considering the addition of metal detectors on several campuses

  • A public meeting on Sept. 27 will include the vote

  • Officials say students would only have to walk through the metal detectors when a school deems it necessary

A public meeting on Sept. 27 will include a vote from Volusia County School Board members to complete the transaction for the additional safety measures.

“Right now, we are purchasing three metal detectors per high school,” board member Carl Persis said.

Officials say current plans from Volusia County Schools will have the detectors set up after a credible threat is made.

Board members say that students would only have to walk through them when a school deems it necessary. The 30 metal detectors will be housed at the 10 different high schools in the county. Officials said they can also be transported to any school that may need them.

“I don’t think a day goes by where we’re not thinking, 'What else can we do to make our schools safer?'” said Persis.

Volusia County parents like Katienna Brown are trying to figure out how they feel about the idea of metal detectors in their children's schools.

On Sept. 9, her daughter, a student at Mainland High School, was one of the thousands of students who had to evacuate the campus after an emergency button was pressed at the school.

“It was terrifying, and it’s like one of your worst nightmares that your child has left your house and now they’re in danger somewhere else,” said Brown.

She remembers texting her daughter throughout the lockdown and rushing to the school to pick up her up in the middle of a scary and uncertain situation.

She says the situation felt surreal. Days later, law enforcement officials announced that the lockdown was caused by a false alarm described as a "cruel prank" by a group of students.

“I appreciate the police and everybody who did the investigating, but there must be more communication with the students and the parents as well,” she said.

Brown said she wants to ensure her children are safe when they enter a place they’re supposed to be learning and is hopeful the extra step in security can help. But she also worries that going through metal detectors at schools could be a mental burden on students like her daughter.

“I don’t want you to live your life in that kind of terror or that any moment this could be the real thing,” she said.