Broward County

Metal Detectors to be Used, Clear Backpacks Out at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

What to Know

  • Officials haven't offered specifics on whether the students will walk through metal detectors or be scanned with portable wands.
  • Spokeswoman Nadine Drew says the district is still trying to determine the best way to get 3,200 students through the detectors daily.

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will no longer have to use see-through backpacks, but they will have to pass through metal detectors when they return to class in a few weeks.

The South Florda Sun-Sentinel reports that the school where 17 people were fatally shot on Valentine's Day will be the first in Broward County to use metal detectors.

Officials haven't offered specifics on whether the students will walk through metal detectors or be scanned with portable wands. Spokeswoman Nadine Drew says the district is still trying to determine the best way to get 3,200 students through the detectors each morning without creating long lines.

Principal Ty Thompson tweeted last week some of the security updates, including the decision to eliminate the clear backpack plan used at the end of last school year. IDs and lanyards will be used to go along with additional security personnel, resource officers and over 50 additional cameras across campus.

Former student Nikolas Cruz has been jailed on 17 counts of first-degree murder since the shooting.

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