Study Finds Metal Detectors More Common in High-Minority Schools

Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, August 29, 2011

Minority students in a high-poverty neighborhood are more likely to pass through a metal detector on the way to class than their better-off and white peers are, even if the schools are equally safe, according to new research.

Researchers at the University of Delaware and the University of California, Irvine, based their findings on a study of nationally representative school data. {snip}

{snip} Yet, even after accounting for the levels of crime on schools’ campuses and in the surrounding neighborhoods, the researchers found that high-poverty schools were disproportionately likely to use such security mechanisms, and that the racial makeup of the student enrollment was a powerful predictor of whether the school would use metal detectors.

“It’s not that the more violent schools get metal detectors, or even the urban schools get metal detectors–though that’s true,” said co-author Aaron Kupchik, an associate professor in sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware. “It’s that schools with more students of color are more likely to get metal detectors, at every level, even elementary levels.”

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Even after controlling for student behavior, neighborhood crime, and other safety indicators, researchers found that schools with higher concentrations of poor students were more likely than their better-off counterparts to have a full-time security or policy officer, drug-sniffing dogs, locked gates in elementary schools, and metal detectors in middle school.

The percentage of minority students in a school strongly predicted whether it would use metal detectors at all grade levels.

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Daniel A. Domenech, the executive director of the Arlington, Va.-based American Association of School Administrators, said that administrators don’t take student demographics into account when designing their security plans; they usually respond to specific violent incidents and national trends.

“Nobody is going to say we have a school and they’re all minorities and they’re poor, so we need to put more security on that building,” Mr. Domenech said.

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  • Question Diversity

    Deceptive. Just because the crimes inside the school and in the surrounding neighborhoods are (supposedly) the same, doesn’t justify metal detectors in all such schools and neighborhoods. The crimes that metal detectors are meant to prevent are crimes committed with deadly weapons. A metal detector won’t catch a bag of weed. It just might be the schools were the MDs are are schools and neighborhoods with a lot of violent or other crime that is also classified (for the lack of better phrases) gun crime and knife crime.

    Also, you can’t rely on official stats to say that one neighborhood has the same crime rate as another, or one school is as safe as another. Because we know a lot of big city police departments have a silent official policy to cover up violent crime, a given neighborhood which has a metal detector enabled school might actually have a crime rate higher than the stats would suggest. I’m sure that a lot of crimes in urban schools with metal detectors are covered up just the same, so the inside-school crime is actually higher than the no-metal detector white “crime ridden” schools and areas.

  • OleJoanClark

    “It’s not that the more violent schools get metal detectors….” WHAT??? Then what the hell are they there for??? I mean, how stupid does this b**o think people are??? OF COURSE metal detectors are more prevalent in minority schools — BLACKS ARE THE MOST VIOLENT RACE, FOLLOWED BY HISPANICS!!! When are people going to tell the truth?? This here emperor is butt-a** nekkid!!!

  • sbuffalonative

    Minority students in a high-poverty neighborhood are more likely to pass through a metal detector on the way to class than their better-off and white peers are, even if the schools are equally safe

    Are the neighborhoods equally safe?

    I’ll bet if these researchers dub a bit deeper they would find that the parents and the community were likely the ones who demanded metal detectors in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    Instead of seeing this as evidence crime control efforts work the paper touts this as evidence of the opposite thing. Something tells me if they were studying, instead, efforts to close the achievement-gap, the evidence would show These efforts all work.

  • Anonymous

    There might have been a moment of historical optimism back in the 1960s that we could rise above the Blackboard Jungle. But here we are in 2011 and–when is this idiocy going to end? Turning schools into an extension of the prison-industrial complex! Just another way to keep young people warehoused because of the violence associated with certain groups.

    But will liberals re-examine their welfare state, their affirmative action, their social engineering, their de facto open borders policies? All these have contributed to the current situation in the schools. Or will we see the lockdown expand in the school system? What happens when minorities become the majority in America if, as the article states, minorities (I assume they mean non-Asian?) correlate to more violent crime and demand for security?

    The more dystopian things get, the more liberals pat themselves on the back.

  • James

    “Minority students in a high-poverty neighborhood are more likely to pass through a metal detector on the way to class than their better-off and white peers are, even if the schools are equally safe, according to new research.”

    I wonder if it dawned on anybody involved in this study that it’s quite probable the schools can be considered “equally safe” precisely because the high-minority schools are using metal detectors.

  • patthemick

    My goodness if they don’t use criminal behavoir to determine the need for extra security what other criteria would be appropriate? I hate the way schools have become death traps for poor kids that have to go there. Way back in the day we could take rifles to show and tell and never had an incident. What has changed in our society?

  • Sureesh

    My kids go to a school that’s 80 percent minority but the students all sit with their hands folded at their desks and take notes. Test scores are consistently in the 97th percentile and above and the students are considered a ‘discipline problem’ if they bring cell phones and text in class. No fights or violence- EVER.

    Do you all want to know the secret to a minority school without violence?

    It’s importing Indian and Chinese immigrants- they are smart, well behaved, and productive.

  • olewhitelady

    What black, urban school DOESN’T have a crime problem?

    When the author says that the study controlled for student behavior and neighborhood crime, does she mean that they put those facors aside and only then compared such schools to white schools?

  • Anonymous

    “Even after controlling for student behavior, neighborhood crime, and other safety indicators, researchers found…”

    — Beware this ‘controlling for’ nonsense. I know about these types of studies and how they are designed. The ‘controlling’ is manipulated by the designer of the study to make the results show what he wants.

    I worked in a building with metal detectors. It was a policy because it was a 90% black student population and drugs and weapons were a way of life for these ‘kids.’ I am not exagerating here. Nearly every one of them, boy or girl, were like little gang kingpins. America is finished.

  • Tim Mc Hugh

    On a related note, I`ve noticed a change in procedure at the local Wal-Mart on the diverse nearby highway. They`ve recently stacked the shopping carts to create a customs lane for those patrons leaving the store. It now takes longer to get past the door lady that it does to check out. Because my three pack of Kleenex did not fit in a bag I had to wait while they verified my purchase of it on a twenty item ticket…

    Before you chastise my for shopping there, I only do it because my girl has certain items she likes there and I can`t in good conscience let her visit the store. So I go…

  • Anonymous

    The “communities of color” in which these schools are located are more prone to violence and/or crime whether the criminal activities have happened on the school grounds yet or not.

    If the schools did not institute more “safety” measures the parents would be outraged and would demand an accounting of the lack of protection for their children. On the other hand, the educational authorities also know they are dealing with a potentially more violent student body, worse neighborhood, more easily upset parents…metal detectors and armed guards are the least they can do.

  • on the lam from the Thought Police

    Even after controlling for student behavior, neighborhood crime, and other safety indicators, researchers found that schools with higher concentrations of poor students were more likely than their better-off counterparts to have a full-time security or policy officer, drug-sniffing dogs, locked gates in elementary schools, and metal detectors in middle school.

    The percentage of minority students in a school strongly predicted whether it would use metal detectors at all grade levels.

    – Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, August 29, 2011

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    One will have a very hard time finding a middle class white school that is as dangerous as most lower class black schools. Even so, with blacks it is better to be safe than sorry.

  • Bill R

    Maybe nobody is going to say that, but the fact is the more minorities you have in the school, the more likely the violence is going to occur, and the more need for metal detectors. Let’s stop saying the problem is “poverty”. The problem is RACE. Blacks are more prone to violence, gun crime, assault, robbery, selling and use of drugs, gang violence, etc. Has nothing to do with poverty. Poverty, like crime and violence, are just symptoms of a race with the lowest IQ of all races, with a lack of impulse control, with a culture of entitlement bestowed upon them by liberals, and with our penchant for making excuses for them. If you have a criminal record, are attitudinal, look like a thug, can’t speak properly, swagger, and are just plain stupid compared to all other applicants, it’s unlikely you will be hired for anything but menial jobs – hence poverty. Blacks refuse to do the work they were meant for. We refuse to accept that they cannot do the work we’ve told them they should aspire to. Predominantly black schools have more metal detectors because blacks are predominantly more likely to bust out in violence at any given moment for little or no reason.

  • Alexandra

    Sureesh, I have nothing against East Indians or Chinese…but I have to ask, couldn’t they just be smart and productive in India or China? Can’t we have our own nation?

    And as for the article itself…if anyone thinks “da hood” is as safe as an upscale suburb…well, they have their head firmly planted you-know-where.

  • Anonymous

    I find the results, that local neighborhood crime is not reflected in the local schools, unbelievable. There is something missing. Maybe the thugs that commit the crimes don’t attend or send their kids to school? And that the only kids attending are seeking sanctuary and education? There is more behind this data that is immediately obvious.

    A missing dimension is data of what did the metal detectors picked up at the studied schools. One would think certain schools were more likely to detect weapons that others.

    Or once the metal detectors were in place, they mitigated the inflow of weapons prior to the study being done.

  • Alex

    Equally safe? Is there one area with middle/rich white people that has the same crime rate as ANY poor black area? NO. A high crime area might have lower crime inside the school BECAUSE of the detectors.

  • mark

    #8 Sureesh

    I’ve had just about enough of your constant lies.

    If Indian people are so wonderful why don’t you go back to India?

    I worked and lived in Mumbai for a year and can answer that question. It is one of the filthiest countries on Earth full of lazy, stupid and violent people. I also worked in Malaysia which has a large Indian population. Even the police are afraid to visit their neighborhoods.

    I understand you are trying to defend “your people” but lying about their IQ or behavior will not do.

  • Anonymous

    Sureesh Great post Keep on posting.

    My twin grandchildren went to an all hispanic city run nursery school in Cupertino (silicon valley ca). No bullying, no tears good times with nice kids. They were the only Whites in the class, so they learned some Spanish.

    Now they are with the Indian and Asian kids in public school, maybe with your kids? They’re keeping up with the so called Indian Asian geniuses. They’re just starting second grade, the girl reads at 4th grade level, the boy at 2nd grade level. Their Mom is big on homework.

    They are surrounded by “minorities” and yet they are happy, have friends and are never bullied or have to listen to screeching, disruptions and endless dramas day after day.

  • Anonymous

    Next up a study proving that all those fast food places and stores in black neighborhoods where the clerk sits behind bullet resistant glass and takes the money and hands out the items through one of those lazy susan things don’t institute the security measures because the neighborhood is black.

    There are many factors involved. We don’t quite know what they are, but we will create some.

  • Jed

    This is off topic but:

    I have been reading about Osama’s illegal uncle being arrested for DUI and he is pictured in front of the business he just left, it’s called THE CHICKEN BONE BBQ and Drinks won’t the blacks scream out it is a racist, sterotype of a black?

  • Chicagoan

    You mean they had to do research to discover this fact? Everyone has known this all along.

  • BannerRWB

    16-Anon: Again, an anonymous poster making nice about Whites being in a minority status. I think it may even be Sureesh posting a response to his own earlier comment at #8. For Sureesh, in case you do not yet understand at least some of us here on AMREN: I for one do not want you here, even if you are smarter and less violent than all other Whites on earth. As poster #15 states, please return to whatever nation you come from and work to help that nation. By being here you only hasten the demise of America and move us ever closer to ethnocentric violence.

  • the Guru

    I am of Indian extraction and proud of it just as anyone else might be about their heritage. Sureesh I think is wrong about the acheivement of Indians in the US, granted they are doing very well but that is because of the immigration policies of US where they only allowed the best of the best from non white peoples while allowing anyone from western Europe especially Anglo Saxons. Mark you are so right and so is anon #17, no quick answers?

  • The Bobster

    Gunga, do you all want to know the secret to a minority school without violence in India?

    It’s importing American immigrants – they are smart, well behaved, and productive.

    Oh wait, your people don’t want to have their country invaded. WELL WE DON’T EITHER!