Metal Detectors in all Upstate middle and high schools!

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Due to recent issues involving students and guns throughout the school district, we, the parents and concerned citizens of Upstate SC feel the need to protect our children from harm. Lack of metal detectors not only allows students to enter school carrying concealed weapons, it also allows criminals to access schools with weapons. We need to protect our children. We ask that the school board and other decision makers realize how serious we are about this matter. We pay taxes to our state and federal government and should be allowed to have a say in the schools protection with our children. This is our first of many appeals to school boards throughout the county. Our prayer is to at least start a genuine conversation of consideration of our request. If at least one school district implements metal detectors we can track the level of success and move forward. 

Listed below are past known incidents involving weapons and threats of violence within our schools:

Jan. 4, 2017 – Greenville High student was arrested after bringing gun to school 

Feb. 7, 2017- Student stabs another student at Laurens High school

Feb. and March 2017- air soft guns reported at Anderson County school

March 24, 2017- Unloaded gun found in students backpack at Berea High school

April 19, 2017- West Oak High school student arrested after threatening Columbine-style school shooting.

April 27, 2017- Student at JL Mann High school arrested for bringing loaded gun to school

May 23, 2017- Carolina High school student arrested after gun threat at school

August 30, 2017- Student at JL Mann High school arrested for bringing gun to school

Sept. 1, 2017- Gun discharges in Charleston classroom injuring student after students brings gun to school

Sept. 29, 2017- Elementary school student brings pellet gun on school bus.

Oct. 3, 2017- 6 year old brings loaded gun to Brockington Elementary school.

Oct. 6, 2017- Greenville High school 15 year old student arrested on suspicion of gun on school property

Oct. 10, 2017- Student at Greenwood High school arrested for bringing gun to school

Oct. 12, 2017- Laurens High school student suspended after threatening to bring gun to school.

Oct. 13, 2017- 8th grader charged with school threat rumors at Easley high and Gettys Middle school.

Oct. 26, 2017- Student at Newberry High school arrested for bringing loaded gun to school.

Nov. 2, 2017- Laurens County student charged after bringing pellet gun to school.

Nov. 7, 2017- Former 17 year old Hillcrest High school student arrested after bringing pellet gun on property.