Parents: Security at Basketball Games, Not Enough

Curt Casper

OMAHA (KPTM) - Some parents at a Friday Night Basketball game between Omaha Burke and Omaha Northwest, were shocked to see metal detectors at the entrance.

Carol Nelson went through the metal detectors with her family for the first time.

"I just figure if something is going to happen people are going to find a way to make it happen," she said.

Two years ago, the Omaha Public Schools started placing these detectors at "games of interest," or in other words, games where violence could break out.

Roddie Miller, Safety Administrator for OPS said, "It is extremely successful since the first time we put them up two years ago."

But some of the parents Fox 42 spoke with say they want to see detectors at all games and not just a few.

"They shouldn't exclude it to any particular game, it should be for all games or not," the parent said.

Miller said the program has been successful but it would be difficult to put metal detectors at all basketball games.

"That would be very expensive to do that. And right now we do it at a random games and it is working well," she said.

Miller tells Fox 42 she is working with activities directors to determine if more metal detectors are needed. Right now she is not aware of any other district who are thinking about taking the same safety measures.

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