Gwinnett Schools Add Visitor Screening System and New Whistleblower Line
Safety measures were discussed at the state level and in many school districts in Metro Atlanta in the two months following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Governor Brian Kemp has allocated millions of dollars after a three-day school safety conference. DeKalb County Schools wants to hire 22 new officers and 30 unarmed security guards. Schools in Clayton County will be equipped with metal detectors and students will be required to use see-through backpacks.
At one school, Lockard said, police rely on parents, staff and students to research and report safety concerns, so the district is launching a new tip line.
“Quite frankly, if a student is going to act violently, there’s a good chance someone else will know about it,” he said.
The district is also implementing a system across all schools that standardizes the registration process and screens visitors to see if they are on the National Sex Offender Registry.
More and more schools are equipped with security vestibules at their main entrances, which adds a layer of protection. After being remotely authorized through a set of doors, the front office can verify the identity and screen a visitor before letting them into the building.
Lockard said 15 schools had them and 19 schools were being refitted for them.
Gwinnett School Police Tip Line
People can text advice about banned items or substances, violence, or threats of violence to 770-822-6513. Tipsters can remain anonymous.