Cairo High School Uses Technology To Fight Violence

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Cairo,GA - When you mention the phrase "metal detector" at Cairo High School, the response from students *isn't* what you might expect.

"I think it's a very necessary thing."

But students, faculty members, and even the Superintendent's office are embracing the newest addition to their school's security system.

Tommy Pharis, Grady County Superintendent, says, "Safe schools are one of our top priorities, however, we want to do everything we can to ensure continued safety - we consider this to be a proactive measure."

The metal detector comes partly after a few incidents of students bringing weapons on campus that gave people a scare.

Now, folks at CHS say they are happy to have a more visible tool to nip violence in the bud.

Carley Gainous, CHS Junior, says, "I think our high school is very safe, although I'm glad they're being proactive with having added features like that for all the students."

Adam Chalker set up the metal detector at CHS and says, "With it being able to pick up small objects in the shoes, hats, it just gives you a better sense of safety for your community and your high school."

School administrators say they think the portable metal detector will greatly reduce the number of weapons brought to school because students know they *will* get caught.

Parents also say they feel better knowing their sons and daughters are being looked after when they leave home.

Principal David McCurry says they plan on wheeling the machine around on a random basis to scan classes.

He says they will start using it *only* after staff are trained, which will be sometime in January.

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  • by WOW Location: Cairo on Dec 12, 2010 at 10:52 AM
    What is wrong with you people? I would imagine that none of you know exactly what goes on at CHS. Stuff happens but no one has been in immediate danger..not even once. There were other bomb threats in other counties just last week. CHS is not the only school dealing with these types of issues. The administration and staff did exactly what they were suppose to do and it was handled properly. But if you ignorant people think to make the schools safe by allowing people to carry guns then we are all in trouble.And yes that was a principal's daughter but they did randomly pick her because she was probably the first person they saw to interview. Also the bomb threat was not the ONLY reason why they have decided to get metal detectors. Oh and they have purchased two portable metal detectors to be able to send to other schools. Get your facts straight before you open your mouths.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2010 at 09:58 AM
    yeah...could of picked a random student for the interveiw instead of the principals daughter!of course she was gonna say that!they have had a bomb threat metal detectors!
  • by Southern Bred on Dec 12, 2010 at 05:39 AM
    I think each student ought to be able to carry a sidearm after they recieve proper training and background checks so they can defend themselves!
  • by WOW Location: Cairo on Dec 12, 2010 at 02:36 AM
    Mr. Georgia boy..that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. You are saying that teachers and principals should carry guns to school to fight crime? That is just scary to think about..its school not the wild west crazy man
  • by CHS grad Location: Cairo on Dec 11, 2010 at 11:54 PM
    Of course the student who was interviewed said the detector was necessary. She is the assistant principal's daughter.
  • by CHS Pride Location: Cairo on Dec 11, 2010 at 11:49 PM
    While this sounds great, let's think about this - the main building at CHS has about 10 entrances, then there are about 3 for the vocational building, 4 for the old gym, 4 or so for the new gym, etc. - you get my point. Wheeling a metal detector around sounds a little silly when you think about it...if a student has a weapon, they will just avoid the detector - duck into a bathroom, etc. And how many administrators does CHS have? About 3-4 for 1200 students? How is this going to work? Sounds like a waste of time and money to me. Also it would be a distraction to the students. This article makes it sound like CHS is a violent place. Your child is safer at CHS than he/she is riding to and from school! (Although there was recently a bomb threat that WCTV did not even have a story on). And no, teachers don't need to carry guns...that is an accident waiting to happen.
  • by Hank Location: Tally on Dec 11, 2010 at 10:27 PM
    That is a very funny joke to read. It won't do anything to deter violence. HA HA
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Dec 11, 2010 at 02:56 AM
    I commend Cairo High for using technology to fight crime. But what about the other schools in the county? If someone is bent on doing harm a metal detector won't deter it. An armed person would blow right through a metal detector and what then? We need to allow any teacher or principal who wishes to carry sidearms to do so, and train them rigorously in their use and until they can use them accurately. We also need to remove the ban on legally licensed private citizens carrying weapons in and around a school or on a college campus.
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