FCPS: Fixed metal detectors coming soon to high school

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The superintendent for Fayette County Public Schools says fixed metal detectors will be installed soon at one Lexington high school

Superintendent Manny Caulk says the stationary metal detectors will be placed at Frederick Douglass High School as soon as possible.

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The announcement came Friday morning, shortly after a 16-year-old student accidentally shot himself in the hand while in class, according to officials.

He is charged with possession of a weapon on school property and wanton endangerment.

No other students or staff were injured and the school did not go on lockdown during the incident.



There have been increased safety measures at Fayette schools in response to recent incidents, including a gun found on a student at Henry Clay High School and the removal of a student from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School after the school received a tip that he threatened to shoot up the school. There has also been an increase in school threats around the state following a shooting at Marshall County High School that left two dead and 14 others injured.

Caulk says hand-held wands are used now at Fayette schools but only when school personnel have a reason to suspect there is problem.

He says all students will be required to walk through the stationary metal detectors once they are installed.

“I know fixed metal detectors are not a failsafe, but it’s a part of a larger strategy we are implementing. When students come to school we need to ensure that they are not bringing contraband or anything that will not aid in their learning,” Caulk said. “And I think it’s the appropriate strategy here. The building here lends itself more easily to that strategy, because it’s a self-contained building with a secure entry.”

Caulk did not give a time frame for when the metal detectors would be installed at Frederick Douglass High School, only saying it be in place when students return to campus Monday.