Somers Point Schools Plan Locker Checks After Knife Incident at Dance
This is the second time in as many days that I've written about young kids bringing knives to South Jersey schools. That's two times too many.
On the heels of Tuesday's report about a first grader injured by a knife brought on a school bus in Mays Landing, Somers Point held a meeting Wednesday to discuss the problem of elementary school students bringing knives to school.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, the Somers Point School District plans to start random desk and locker checks after knives were brought to a school dance Dec. 16 at Jordan Road Elementary School.
Interim Somers Point Schools Superintendent Thomas Baruffi spoke to a a group of about 50 concerned parents Wednesday about the problem of knives in school.
“It was not just the dance incident,” he said. “Kids are bringing knives into school. Kids knew that other kids were bringing knives into schools. We have to recognize that we don’t know as much as we think we do.”
The topics of police officers in schools and the use of metal detectors were addressed at the meeting, as well as an increase in the anti-bullying procedures.
An app called "STOPIT", where students can anonymously report problems on smart phones, was also introduced at the meeting. When it comes to knives in schools, we certainly do need to stop it.