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Iberia Parish schools beef up security

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NEW IBERIA -

In the wake of school threats across Acadiana and the U.S., the Iberia Parish School System isn't taking any chances.

To get into any school in Iberia Parish, you'll need the 'OK' from a staff member just to unlock the doors, and the whole time you're inside, you'll be on surveillance. The video can be seen at the school and at the central office.

"We have the camera systems in all 27 of our schools," says Superintendent Dale Henderson.

Students say those precautions are making them feel safer.

"I don't ever really think about, like, someone coming in and, like, intruders," says Abigail Broussard, a junior at New Iberia Senior High.

The district's belief is you can never be too careful.

"It's really important to take those measures before something happens, and that's what the school system has done. You don't want to wait until something happens and then react," says Henderson.

That's why the parish's middle and high schools have metal detectors and wands, allowing teachers to check for illegal items.

Now, the district is thinking about going one step farther.  

"We'll be discussing with the school board whether or not to implement the clear book bag that makes seeing what is inside the bag much easier," says Henderson.

The clear book bag policy has only been discussed informally, but administration plans to bring it up to the school board in coming meetings.  

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