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.