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Cell Phone Video Prompts RPS Security Audit

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RICHMOND (WRIC)—A cell phone video depicting the lack of security at a Richmond high school is causing outrage.

In the video, you can see youth counselor Maurice Morgan enter Armstrong High School, set off a metal detector and continue to go through the school without getting stopped. Morgan says he's hoping this exposure will help save lives.

"I was appalled," Morgan said. "I was appalled."

What Morgan says he finds even more troubling is that he set the alarm off earlier in the week and got the same reaction. He warned a school administrator, who he says told him it would be fixed. When it wasn't he says he was compelled to do something.

"I'm not trying to be a problem," Morgan said. "I'm trying to be a part of the solution."

Morgan was visiting the school to support parent Raquel Smith, whose child is Morgan's client. She, too, saw no reaction to the metal detector going off.

"It's just scary and it's [an] outrage," Smith said.

ABC 8 News showed the video to Kim Gray, a member of the Richmond School Board.

"It's very scary," Gray said.

Now, Richmond Public Schools is doing an external audit of security personnel and equipment at each of its schools.

"People get a little complacent in their positions at times," Gray said. "They assume that things are safer than they might actually be."

Felicia Cosby, a public information officer for Richmond Public Schools said, "Clearly, in this situation the protocol was not followed, and that is inexcusable and is unacceptable, and we are taking immediate actions to rectify that."

Morgan hopes his video leads to major changes.

"I don't want to be like, breaking news: there was a shooting at this school," he said.

The school system has also asked security to review all of their policies to make sure that all procedures are being followed.

"It's time to get it together," Smith said. "They have to do better. These are children; these are people's lives at stake, and they have to do better."

 

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