Mon | Dec 11, 2017

Edith Dalton James High School gets walk-through metal detector

Published:Thursday | November 30, 2017 | 11:01 AM
Education Minister Ruel Reid (third right) and Acting Chief of Mission, United States Embassy in Jamaica, Maura Barry Boyle (second right) cut the ribbon to officially commission into service a walk-through metal detector at the Edith Dalton James High School in Kingston on Wednesday. Sharing in the moment are School Principal Orlando Worges (left) and Chairman, Board of Governors, John Campbell.

The Edith Dalton James High School in Kingston has been equipped with a walk-through metal detector, which will provide greater safety and security of students and staff.

The device was provided under the US$4-million Improved Safety and Security in Schools Project.

Launched in October, the initiative is aimed at reducing the crime level among youth between the ages of 10 and 29 years, and will target 981 primary and secondary schools and 50 communities.

On November 15, the USAID handed over 130 hand-held metal detector wands and five walk-through scanners to the Education Ministry for schools worst affected by violent and antisocial behaviours.

Education Minister Ruel Reid says the installation of such devices is a tool to reinforce the values of discipline, non-violence, respect and love for each other.

He also says he is pleased with the results of a recent study done by the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), which shows that there has been a decrease in violence in Jamaican schools.

Principal of Edith Dalton James, Orlando Worges, says he is happy his school was chosen to receive the equipment, coming out of a recent stabbing incident in which a student lost his life.