Students return to West Bladen High, welcomed by metal detectors

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Submitted: Wed, 04/01/2009 - 9:42pm
Updated: Fri, 06/07/2013 - 1:52am

It was the first day back in class since a riot broke out at West Bladen High School on Monday, but before students could get to class, they had to get through security. Monday’s fights resulted in 12 student arrests; parents said something needed to be done. “I would like to see some stricter discipline going on. Not only from the parents of the children, but from the school,” said Sarah Baysden. On Wednesday, some parents got their wish. Nearly all of the 900 students at West Bladen walked through a metal detector before they walked to their classes. Students started arriving at school around 7:00 a.m. and lines quickly formed. “It does take a while, but safety is very important and we've got to get a positive learning environment in the school for the students to learn,” said Superintendent Ken Dinkins. Even though there were no weapons used in the fights on Monday, Dinkins said he wanted to make sure the students felt safe. It took five extra sheriff's deputies to search through book bags and wand students. The extra safety measures delayed classes for almost an hour. Bladen County Chief Deputy Phillip Little said there are still several steps to get to the root of the problem. “It takes treatment, prevention, and enforcement.” Little said school violence is an issue all of Bladen County is dealing with, but the timing for Monday's fights at West Bladen couldn't have been worse. “The school had just lost one of it's favorite students, and was in a state of mourning already, and then we have these thugs come in and create the disruption and disrupt that healing process that needed to be on going at the school.” Maybe now that healing process can resume, as students remember Cody Hammonds who drowned on Sunday. Doctor Dinkins said the walk through metal detectors won't stay at the school permanently, but they have used them randomly in the past and will use them again in the future. Principals at all Bladen County schools have hand held metal detectors in case of emergencies.

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6 Comments on "Students return to West Bladen High, welcomed by metal detectors"

Charles Walters
2015 years 8 months ago

Removing the problem students and enforcing the rules for the others who get out of line will go along way to making the school safe again. If they want to fight let them go out in a field and have at it just don’t bring it to school. Give the teachers control of their classrooms again and the power to eject a problem student and get rid of the pansies who want to coddle them so they don’t get their feelings hurt. Then hold their parents responsible for the damage and their actions. Then you might get some results. A HUGE fine might make them think twice about leting their children run around like animals.

2015 years 8 months ago

How exactly does a metal dector stop rioting children from brawiling in the hallways?

2015 years 8 months ago

NOTHING can stop students from getting into a fight….the metal detectors are there to help the students and parents feel safer about the possibility of not having weapons during these fights

2015 years 8 months ago

Dear wait…..did you think you were getting the WHOLE story? Some things just aren’t talked about, it might disturb us.

2015 years 8 months ago

check out the coverage of the Bladen Co. Bd. of Ed. meeting on The principal is denying that it was gang related. The cycle of denial and down-playing continues.

West Bladen Student
2015 years 8 months ago

There was no point in having that many law enforcements. There was no point in having the metal detectors because that didn’t have anything to do with the violence. I think no one is going to fight because of the new rules. I know for sure that im no longer gonna be involved with any of that stuff at school! That permits to violence because i think education is essential!
I am a African American Student.
Sohpmore (Class of 2011)
and I am 32 out of 202.
so yes i love my education!!