At the most recent Hillsborough County School Board meeting on June 14, district security officers began using walk-through metal detection security devices to screen everyone coming into the public meeting.
“We have an obligation to protect community members who come to our School Board meetings and want to exercise their First Amendment rights,” explained Tanya Arja, Hillsborough County Public Schools spokesperson.
Safety has and always will be a top priority in Hillsborough County Public Schools. The tragedy that took place in Orlando had a role in the district’s decision to increase security measures but enhanced security has been a discussion for some time, said Dr. Alberto Vazquez, Chief of Staff.
When asked by a reporter if metal detectors will also be used at schools, Arja pointed out the security features are already being used at our 270 sites.
“We have other security features at our schools including School Resource Officers and Deputies, surveillance cameras, locked gates, and buzzers. We have more control over our schools,” she said.
The security at School Board meetings will be a continuing conversation. School Administrators know we live in a different time and need to do what we can to keep visitors, staff, and students safe in our buildings.