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Apr 6, 2012 10:57 AM by AP

East Baton Rouge panel studies school-wide sweeps

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish school administrators are considering regular school-wide sweeps where all students would be searched for guns and other weapons at randomly selected schools.

The Advocate reports the idea was floated Thursday at the first meeting of a special task force on student and school safety.

The task force, one of four the school board created last month on specialized issues, was organized after a handful of high-profile incidents occurred where students brought guns to schools.

The school system already conducts random sweeps with handheld metal detectors, but typically only some students are searched.

The task force plans to meet again in early May to settle on a proposal to present to the school board.

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