In an effort to provide better security at the school, students and staff at Lakewood High School in New Jersey are now wearing ID badges at all times while on campus. In addition, they also must pass through metal detectors when entering school grounds.
The change to IDs was also made because students previously were allowed to wander hallways, causing disruption to classrooms. Officials said the new measures have reduced the amount of disruptive behavior.
John Stillwell, the district’s director of security, said the metal detectors were already at the high school but were previously used only at sporting events. “It can go a long way in adding a sense of security on a daily basis,” he said.
The school has also hired retired police officers to beef up security at the school.