BB guns found in Albany schools prompt security changes
January 08, 2019 07:30 PM
Albany High and Edmund O'Neal Middle School are now taking extra precautions to keep weapons from getting into their buildings. Behind the changes is two recent incidents involving BB guns.
The changes went into effect at the middle school since students returned from the holiday break. They include doors opening earlier each morning to allow extra time for enhanced security screenings as students enter the building.
At the high school, new alarms are being placed on exterior doors to prevent students from sneaking items in.
The threat at the high school that prompted these changes was back on December 13. School officials say a student was able to get a BB gun that looked like a .45 caliber rifle into the building when another student let them in through an emergency exit.
Other students saw the weapon and alerted staff. That led to a lockdown.
At the middle school, a BB gun was brought into the school by a student on December 17.
School officials say that weapon made it past the existing metal detector -- a second weapon -- a small knife -- also made its way through metal detectors in another incident just days after the BB gun.
Now, the front doors of Edmund O'Neal open 15 minutes earlier in the morning so security personnel can conduct more thorough student inspections.
The superintendent says the security aide on duty the day the BB gun was brought in has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
The alarms at the high school will be activated on Wednesday.
Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: January 08, 2019 07:30 PM
Created: January 08, 2019 07:22 PM
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