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Metal detectors possibly coming to Palm Beach County schools

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In this Sept. 6, 2016, photo, students at William Hackett Middle School pass through metal detectors on the first day of school in Albany, N.Y. Schools around the country have been setting up teams to assess threats posed by students who display signs of violence like the former student who compiled a “hit list” years ago in high school and went on to kill nine people in a weekend shooting in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

(PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL) -Metal detectors could be coming to Palm Beach County schools.

School board member Edwin Ferguson first strongly voiced his support for putting metal detectors in schools at Wednesday night’s school board meeting.

Palm Beach County School Superintendent Mike Burke said a pilot program is in the works, and detectors will soon be tested at high schools in the district.

“With security and safety, your work is never done,” Burke said. “I supported the pilot at a couple schools. I want to see how that goes, and I’ll bring back a more detailed recommendation to the board.”

Burke said the metal detectors could be in schools as early as next school year.