Berkeley Considers New Safety Measures To Keep Guns Out Of Schools

BERKELEY (KCBS) – Security officers at Berkeley’s two high schools should wear uniforms and more closely monitor who comes onto the campuses, according to a safety review in response to a series of gun-related incidents in the Berkeley Unified School District.

On six occasions between January and March of this year, students and other individuals on or near Berkeley High School and Berkeley Technology Academy were found to be carrying guns.

Nobody was hurt, but the incidents prompted the school board to convene an ad hoc committee to recommend campus safety improvements.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

The findings the committee presented Wednesday focus on ways of restricting access to the campuses, such as reducing the number of entrances and requiring students and staff to display ID cards when they enter.

Superintendent Bill Huyett rejected the idea of installing metal detectors.

“It’s not feasible to process over 3,000 students through metal detectors in such a limited period of time,” he said.

The committee also found lax compliance with existing safety standards such as a requirement that all crime at the schools be reported to police.

Huyett promised that safety officers and school administrators would be trained on what constitutes a reasonable suspicion that a student may be armed and learn protocols for search and seizure.

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  • moravecglobal

    Until action is applied by the University of California (UC) Board of Regents to chancellors, like Birgeneau, UC shouldn’t come to the Governor or public for support for any tax increase.

    (The author has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at UC Berkeley (Cal) where he observed the culture & way senior management work)

    Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom (these are not isolated examples): recruits (uses California tax $) out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified Californians from public university education; spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do his & many vice chancellors jobs (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same 0 cost); pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; in procuring a $3,000,000 consulting firm he failed to receive proposals from other firms; Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010; tuition to Return on Investment drops below top 10; Birgeneau all employees meeting – only 50 attend; visits to Cal down 20%; NCAA places basketball program on probation, absence institutional control.

    It’s all shameful. There is no justification for such practices by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none.

    Birgeneau’s practices will continue indefinitely. Governor Brown, UC Board of Regents Chair Lansing, President Yudof must do a better job of vigorously enforcing oversight than has been done in the past over Chancellors like Birgeneau who use the campus as their fiefdom.

    • BOB

      What does your ramblin got to do with guns in high school?

  • RealityCheck

    “It’s not feasible to process over 3,000 students through metal detectors in such a limited period of time,” he said.

    REALLY??? Make the schools a closed campus with limited access routes. The kids have to show up and process through the metal detectors. Prohibit them from carrying backpacks. They carry only their books in canvas bags that get put through and x-ray machine. Happens all the time in many venues with more than 3,000 people coming through in one morning.

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