Town hall for concerned Henry Clay parents, students

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Last Thursday, some parents and students in Lexington weren’t happy about a school safety meeting, held hours after a student brought a loaded gun to Henry Clay High School.

They weren’t happy because they weren’t allowed to talk about it. Wednesday night, at another meeting, they were.

Dozens of people gathered at Henry Clay with one thing on their minds: making school as safe as possible.

One suggestion that’s been talked about at other districts around the state is metal detectors.

Fayette County schools have 50 handheld detectors that were passed out to teachers, but parents don’t think that’s enough. They want one at the main entrance, but school officials say it isn’t that easy.

“We have so many points of entry more than likely a student like that isn’t going to come through the secured entrance,” said Assistant Principal Brady Thornton. “They’re just going to wait for a student to come by and let them in on an exterior door.”

Even if they did only use one entrance, they say it would take too long and would leave the students inside the building remotely unsupervised.

Principal Paul Little Jr. says the biggest thing isn’t metal detecting, but instead making sure students have good relationships with the school administration, so that if they see something, they’ll say something.

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