Wand checks to take place as part of upgraded security at CMS schools

- It's a security crackdown at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Nearly three weeks after a deadly shooting at Butler High School in Matthews, the district has unveiled new plans to keep guns out of schools.

Superintendent Clayton Wilcox says the district plans to conduct random wand checks at high schools, random backpack searches, add panic cards onto teachers' ID badges, install electronic keyless entry to the main doors at schools, and strengthen crisis communication to parents.

"The time has come for additional action to keep guns out of schools," Wilcox said. "Let's keep guns out of schools wanding does that we see that evidence at every high school football game so it works."

Wilcox went on to explain why they didn't choose metal detectors.

"We've taking a look at metal detectors and one of the things we could not reconcile is cueing up a bunch of students outside our high schools because we thought that created another set of factors we couldn't control. Even if we funneled them into one main set of doors they're going to step right back outside where a weapon may have been stashed."

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The deadly shooting at Butler High isn't the only issue the Charlotte area has seen regarding guns being brought into schools by students. Police said students at Garinger, Hopewell, and East Meck High Schools were caught with guns.

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And just this week students were charged because of a gun related social media threat at Olympic High School. 

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Wilcox say the wands checks will not be random for individual students, they will be random for individual locations.

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