Richmond, VA—Last week, a teenage student brought a loaded gun inside John Marshall High School. Tonight, parents gathered to discuss safety procedures, and how to prevent weapons from entering the school again.
Surrounded by police, the district superintendent, school board members and staff, John Marshall High School's principal Beverly Britt gave a minute-by-minute account of what happened Friday morning.
"We wanted to address the parents because we knew there were some myths out there as to what took place on that day," says Britt.
She also promised tougher security measures at the school. Before Friday, if the weather was bad, students wouldn't have to go through metal detectors. But now, whether it's snowing or raining, whether they have a coat on or not, every single student will go through the detectors every single day.
Principal Britt adds, "We have new assigned staff that will be working with the morning intake."
Parents demanded answers about the incident, and talked about how to prevent teens from getting their hands on firearms.
"I expect that John Marshall hold these kids responsible and accountable because I don't think they're being held accountable," says parent Cassandra Chambers.
Most parents were encouraged by the meeting, and said their questions were adequately answered. They are looking forward to positive changes.
Chambers says, "I wanna see what's gonna be done from this point on."
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