If an Arkansas legislator has his way, every school in the state will have to install a metal detector.
“I’m not saying this is the answer to the problem we had in Jonesboro, but I want to try to do something,” said Democratic Rep. Bobby Trammell, who represents part of the city where four students and a teacher died in a schoolyard shooting March 24.
When the state’s General Assembly reconvenes in January, Trammell plans to introduce legislation that would require a police officer and metal detector at every school. He does not have a cost estimate for his bill, but he has written to Congress asking for its financial help.
“I know we’re talking about a lot of money, but if you witnessed what I did at Westside [Middle School], you wouldn’t think the cost of this would be too much,” he said.
Two boys, ages 12 and 14, were convicted Aug. 11 of ambushing students and teachers outside the school with gunfire. Several people have argued that metal detectors would not have prevented the tragedy, including Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.