CMS announces new security measures

There are new changes to security on the way to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

CMS unveiled plans Friday afternoon, nearly three weeks after a deadly shooting inside Butler High School.

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

“We've taken a look at metal detectors, and one of the things we could not reconcile is cueing up hundreds, if not thousands of kids, outside our high schools because we thought that created another set of factors that we simply couldn't control,” said CMS Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox.

The superintendent says the wand checks will not be random for individual students, but instead for individual locations. He says that means they will go to high schools on an unpredictable basis and find out what the students are bringing to school.

“We need to do a better job as a school system making sure that our kids know that it’s ok to tell us when something feels awry, when they see something in the neighborhood the night before that might impact us the next day in the schools.”

The district also plans to add more guidance counselors, social workers and psychologists.

CMS plans to have the wand checks in place after winter break and the panic cards for teachers deployed by the end of this school year.