CPSB beginning implementation of weapons detectors

Published 4:59 pm Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Calcasieu Parish School Board will begin full implementation of weapons detectors at three high school campuses beginning Wednesday as  part of the district’s ongoing commitment to student and staff safety.

Students and visitors at DeQuincy, Starks and Vinton High schools will be required to pass through these weapons detectors upon entry to each school site, said CPSB spokesperson Holly Holland.

This move, which will be mirrored across high schools in the district in the coming weeks, is just one additional security measure going into place for increased campus security, she said.

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“We want our students to learn and our employees to work in the safest environment that we can provide,” said Superintendent Shannon LaFargue. “The addition of weapons detectors on campuses adds an additional layer of security, and we are grateful to be able to provide this in our district. We take the responsibility of protecting the children of this community to heart, and we will continue to take measures that strengthen their safety, and the safety of all employees, while on our campuses.”

Holland said the three schools completed pilot sessions with weapons detectors earlier this semester, and the remaining high schools in the parish will do the same before full implementation this spring. These weapons detectors are a grant-funded initiative in the district.