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Richmond parents sound off on school safety procedures

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

There was a packed house at John Marshall High School Tuesday night as Richmond parents sounded off on school safety.

The meeting held by Richmond school officials drew parents from across the school district. Many gave their two cents on how safe or unsafe Richmond schools are.

It was also an opportunity for parents to voice concerns on issues that ranged from bathroom cleanliness to lockers.

At the meeting, John Marshall's principal also announced that starting Monday, all students must pass through the school's metal detectors, even if it's raining.

On Friday, a student was able to bring a gun into the school because students did not go through the metal detectors, due to the rain.

However, Richmond schools face serious budget woes and John Marshall can't pay for extra security to man the detectors. Instead, John Marshall teachers have volunteered to man the metal detectors during inclement weather.

"It was important that we make the changes necessary to ensure the safety of every person that comes through this building," said John Marshall Principal Beverly Britt. "And to make sure this is a safe haven for all kids."

School officials said more changes are coming to Richmond public schools in the weeks and months ahead. They took parents' suggestions and plan on translating those suggestions into actual policies soon.

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