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Increased Metal Detection in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

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In response to recent incidents involving firearms, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) will enhance the use of metal detectors in all middle and high schools for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year. Superintendent Tricia McManus announced this initiative on May 15, citing concerns over gun violence in the community and the discovery of firearms on school campuses.

Despite a reduction in guns found at schools, recent weeks have seen multiple incidents, including an accidental discharge of a weapon in a student’s book bag and the discovery of another gun in a student’s car. Chief of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management Jonathan Wilson reported four guns brought to school this year, down from eight in 2021-2022. The district’s safety teams will evaluate the metal detection process to improve efficiency for the 2024-2025 school year. McManus emphasized that student and staff safety remains the district’s top priority.