Lafayette Parish School System installs weapon detection system on school campuses

LAFAYETTE PARISH, La. (KLFY)– All Lafayette Parish School System students will now be put through a weapons detection system on campus. LPSS announced that the system installation on all school campuses is complete.

LPSS Superintendent Francis Touchet, Jr.  walked News 10 through the weapons detection system at the school district’s main office.

“When this goes off everyone has to stop at this point. You will not get pass this door,” Touchet said.

LPSS said regardless whether a parent or person drops-off a student at school or they are there to conduct business, they have to go through the detector.

“On every campus there is going to be checks to where you are going to have to show ID.  You are going to also have to go through weapons detections.  If you are alerted, you will have to go through secondary searches,” Touchet said.

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Over the course of several years, there’s been an uptick in school threats and violence across the nation. The superintendent explained LPSS is not only talking about safety, but being about safety.

“We’re never going to let our guard down because we never ever want a parent not to have their kids go back to them, not as they came to us,” Touchet said.

Touchet thanks the school board for its approval of funds.

“We will continue to make sure our families understand that safety is going to be a priority.  Whatever measure we need to put into place, we will do to make sure that is the case,” he said.

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