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Bibb Co. Schools revising safety procedures due to school threat issue

Bibb County Schools Superintendent Curtis Jones, Ed.D. said Tuesday morning that Bibb County Schools are making revisions to their "school safety procedures" amidst the numerous school threats seen throughout the area, state and country following the Feb. 14 deadly Florida high school shootings/WGXA

MACON, Ga. -- Bibb County Schools Superintendent Curtis Jones, Ed.D. said Tuesday morning that Bibb County Schools are making revisions to their "school safety procedures" following the numerous school threats seen throughout the area, state and country following the Feb. 14 deadly Florida high school shootings.

As part of this, Jones says the district will "conduct a pilot program of metal detectors at Westside High School." Jones goes on to say: "This pilot is intended to help us truly learn what the advantages and disadvantages are, and if that is a direction we can and should go in."

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Bibb Co. Schools are also revising their use of searches. Jones says: "Currently, we are putting together a process for random searches at all levels to increase student awareness."

Additionally, Jones released a video -- watch it here -- "about some of the current procedures we have in place to ensure our campuses are safe for all." He then added, "In the very near future, we will share with you the new procedures for random searches as well."

Here is Jones' statement in its entirety:

"What actions can we take to ensure our schools are safe? How can we ensure students are not bringing weapons to school? How can we be reasonably certain that if a weapon is brought to school that we will know about it so we can ensure the safety of all?

These questions have been on my mind a lot lately. I want to thank you for providing advice, recommendations and, in some cases, sitting on advisory councils with me to share your thoughts.

We are finishing up revisions to our safety procedures. As part of that process, we have made the decision to conduct a pilot program of metal detectors at Westside High School. This pilot is intended to help us truly learn what the advantages and disadvantages are, and if that is a direction we can and should go in.

We are also revising our use of searches. Currently, we are putting together a process for random searches at all levels to increase student awareness. We want students to feel safe knowing we are aware that their safety is paramount. Many thanks to David Gowan and his team for their work in revising our security procedures.

As part of this message, I would like to share with you a link to short video about some of the current procedures we have in place to ensure our campuses are safe for all. Please watch the video at https://youtu.be/aMAVlNacfWY. In the very near future, we will share with you the new procedures for random searches as well.

I believe these actions will help make us safer, and you can rest better knowing we have increased our security measures. Thank you for your continued support."

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