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Ferguson-Florissant District reports increase in weapons found at school

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By Carlos Otero By Carlos Otero

 (KMOV) – Reports show 660 weapons were found in Missouri schools just last year alone which is 23 percent fewer weapons than districts reported finding four years ago.

Unlike much of the rest of the state, Ferguson-Florissant has seen a dramatic increase.

A News 4 investigation has found that the number of weapons incidents have doubled in the Ferguson-Florissant school district in just the last four years.

In 2010, there were 11 weapons incidents, last year for the second year in a row, there were 21. Many other districts are moving in the opposite direction, seeing dramatic decreases.

In St. Louis City, the district had 111 in 2010, and 51 last year a decrease of 55-percent.  In Hazelwood, the district had 42 incidents in 2010, and 18 last year, a decrease of 57-percent.

In University City, the district had 17 incidents in 2010, and 5 last year a decrease of 75- percent. In Riverview Gardens, the district had 19 incidents in 2010, and 3 last year, a decrease of 85-percent.

There are metal detectors and uniformed police in every St. Louis City high school and middle school, Ferguson-Florissant doesn’t have fixed metal detectors, and doesn’t automatically bring them to a school after a weapons incident.      

But it’s much more than metal detectors. A St. Louis City School District spokesman said the biggest difference in school safety is that district security has received extensive training by city police in how to recognize threats, where to search for weapons, and how to secure the buildings, which include a special emphasis on locking doors and searching for weapons on the grounds.

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