30 Second Update – Students Protest Metal Detectors
MILWAUKEE —Students at a Milwaukee high school staged a protest Thursday over the district’s use of metal detectors.
Students at Riverside High School, 1615 E. Locust St., wore orange clothing and protested on what was referred to as “Scholars not Suspects Day.”
According to a release from Voces de la Frontera, the protest involved public high school students as well as students involved in Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES).
VIDEO: Riverside High School students want metal detectors removed
Riverside senior Crystal Herrera said the daily scans have not made a difference in safety at the school.
“There’s no difference between metal detectors and no metal detectors,” she said. “Riverside’s never had a problem in the past.”
Milwaukee Public Schools issued a statement saying “Recent events have reminded us that public spaces and buildings are not immune from the threat of violence. It is our goal to have a daily scan at the beginning of the day, not unlike what fans experience when attending a major sporting event.”
The policy extends to all MPS high schools.
“Last year, we only had it three times a year,” said senior Kristopher Weah. “We feel like it should stay that way.”
WISN 12 News anchor Jason Newton was at the school when the first bell rang at 7:40 a.m. There was a significant line of students waiting to go through security.
Students at the east-side school also collected a signature petition earlier this year protesting the daily use of metal detectors at Milwaukee high schools.
To read the district’s policy on electronic scanning, click here.
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