At an emergency meeting Wednesday, Lakewood’s board of education voted to install metal detectors in all six of the township’s public elementary schools, a day after a gun was found in one of them.
Beginning next semester, the district will also require students to use only transparent backpacks.
“Better safe than sorry,” said Michael Inzelbuch, the board’s attorney, according to the Asbury Park Press. “We will have metal detectors in all of our elementary schools in seven to 10 days.” Middle and high schools already have detectors.
Two students face charges for bringing a loaded gun to the Oak Street public school on Tuesday. The .22-caliber handgun found in the backpack of a 10-year-old student was apparently brought onto the bus by a 9-year-old. The younger student transferred it to the older one’s bag during the ride.