Salt Lake City High School Students Now Being Screened for Weapons with Detectors

Published: October 20, 2023

Salt Lake City, Utah – East High School, West High School, and Highland High School have all begun screening their students for weapons with weapons detection technology provided by Evolv. The detectors have been placed in the schools’ main entrances, along with security officers, who will monitor the screening process.

The “soft launch” of the technology on the campuses was Tuesday, reports Fox13. For the remainder of the week school officials and security staff will be available to answer questions about the new system. Next week the detectors will be fully deployed.

The new weapons detection equipment is different from traditional metal detectors because they use artificial intelligence to screen for weapons. Students will not be required to empty their backpacks or go through the screening process one at a time, reports KUER. The machines’ primary purpose is to find weapons that can be used in mass casualty attacks.

If the system detects a suspicious object, the equipment will beep and the video being monitored by a security officer will indicate where there is an issue. The person carrying the object will then be pulled aside for further screening.

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KUER reports that the detectors are being leased by the district for $1,440,298. PalAmerican Security is providing the security officers running the machines at a cost of $1,108,490.40.

Funding for the adoption of the new weapons detection system was approved by the school board in January.

Nationwide, the seizure of guns on K-12 campuses has increased recently. According to a reports from the Washington Post, more than six guns per day were seized at U.S. schools during the 2022-2023 academic year. However, the number of firearms seizures is probably a significant underestimate.

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