SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County High School began using newly purchased metal detectors this week. After a trial run on Monday during which all students were able to see how they worked and what the process would entail, the safety devices were put into daily operation on Tuesday morning.
The detectors, two at the high school and one at the middle school, were compliments of the hard work and fundraising efforts of the PACA, short for Parents Against Criminal Activities. Formed last spring by Doug Allen who became overwhelmingly concerned after the Marshall County school shooting.
One of PACA's founding members and Vice President, Bekah Rudd was there Monday, "All together many gracious individuals and businesses, helped us raise $10,500 for these that are being used today and we are working to raise enough money to buy another one for the middle school and for the vocational school," Rudd commented. Also thankful for the new security measures is MCHS Principal Chris Meadows who tells the Independent, "I'm very pleased to have the detectors and I'm very appreciative of the vast amount of work PACA has done in a little amount of time to raise funds to ensure the safety of our schools."
Meadows also says the feedback from students and teachers alike has been very positive. Instead of feeling like, or being seen as an intrusion or hindrance, everyone says they feel safer and that the process has been relatively easy, adding that "ultimately safety is a number one priority as always."
As for Rudd she also says, "It's important as a parent and a community member to help students feel safe and to give them a sense of security at school and if there is anyone who would like to join our efforts to please contact myself, Doug Allen or you can go to the PACA Facebook page to find out more about our meeting, fundraisers and more.