The recent arrest of an OPRF High School student on campus, with a loaded “ghost” gun, is extremely disturbing. This incident underscores the need for the school boards and the school administrations to take a pro-active role to ensure the safety of the students and staff. My suggestion is that metal detectors be installed at the high school and the two middle schools. The metal detectors are definitely a deterrent.

The presence of metal detectors will certainly lead to tangible security improvements. Furthermore, metal detectors will set people’s minds at ease with the knowledge that everyone in the building has been screened. The Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland) uses metal detectors and all bags entering the park are checked.

Our children want to live and be able to attend school in a safe environment. We cannot control guns on the street but we can control a school. It is very simple.

This suggestion does not need to be sent to committee; it needs to be acted on immediately, before it is too late.

Daniel Hefner
Oak Park

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