N. Charleston High search finds no guns, officials discuss metal detectors district-wide

North Charleston High School (WCIV)

Charleston County School District officials say no guns were found Tuesday in a random weapons screening at North Charleston High School.

The search comes after several recent incidents involving students bringing guns onto North Charleston school campuses.

Those include a student reportedly posing for a photo with a gun in the Stall High bathroom, and a North Charleston High student accidentally shooting their self with a gun they brought to school.

Charleston County school board member Chris Staubes mentioned the idea of installing metal detectors to school leaders earlier this week. While no formal discussions have taken place, a recent random gun screening has others now talking about the possibility of extra security measures.

Two men who volunteer at North Charleston High School like the idea of installing metal detectors in all county high schools.

"It's a protection of the teachers and the students. And the volunteers to the school. So I think its great thing," said Charles Tyler, a school volunteer and member of National Action Network, a civil rights organization.

"I'm not one who's a hundred percent in support of it. But at the same time, I have to think about the big picture and that's to save our children," added Reverend Thomas Ravenell, a school volunteer and local church pastor.

Both are members of a group called United Black Men of Charleston County, a volunteer group dedicated to mentoring students.

But not everyone is on board with a permanent screening policy.

"Metal detectors I think in the short term might be the answer for the issues we're facing now," admitted Priscilla Jeffery, a Charleston County school board member. She’s also a former teacher.

Among her concerns: longer lines for students coming into school. Jeffery thinks teaching conflict resolution skills will offer a long-term solution.

"I believe kids are a mirror of our society. And so what kind of programs, prevention, and education programs can we offer students so that they can resolve conflicts not violently," she said.

That's why people on both sides of the metal detector discussion want the same outcome.

"Everybody gets to go home at the end of the day back home to their families," said Rev. Ravenell.

A new conflict resolution program launched this semester at North Charleston High School. School volunteers say it’s too early to see any results.

For now, school district officials haven't said if any changes will be made after recent events at North Charleston High School.

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