It’s 8:10 a.m. and the bell at Grady High School will ring in five minutes. Several dozen students stand outside in 35 degree weather, waiting to walk through a metal detector and have their bags searched by latex-gloved teachers and administrators.
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How we got this story
In our continuing look at school safety issues, AJC reporters asked local school officials for records on the costs and use of metal detectors including their maintenance records. We also interviewed experts, school officials and parents and students at Grady High School. We also took a closer look at two recent shootings at Atlanta public schools.
By the numbers
66 — metal detectors in Atlanta public schools
2 — weapons found by those metal detectors since 2009
12 — Atlanta schools’ metal detectors not working as of Feb. 12
3,796 — weapons (mostly knives) found in Georgia public schools last year
$280,000 – amount Atlanta schools has spent on metal detectors
$4,000 – approximate price of one metal detector
$9 million – amount Atlanta Public Schools spent on school security last year