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Searching students for weapons or other banned items is a sensitive issue – but one that we must address if we want to keep our schools safe, says Simon Pearse

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Picture the scene: rows of children queuing outside the school gates, waiting for their turn to step through the arch of an airport-style metal detector. The children are used to this procedure; it is something that they go through every single day.

Generally speaking, schools are safe spaces. Yet, with knife crime on the rise in the UK, and several recent school shootings in the US being widely reported, there are growing concerns about the need to keep dangerous objects out of school buildings.

The metal detector scenario is an extreme example of how we might tackle such concerns. A more ...

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