Nearly 1,100 weapons were confiscated in or near Philadelphia’s public schools this year – up 12 percent over last year, says the Philadelphia Inaquirer. Knives and other cutting instruments accounted for the bulk of that increase – 914 this year, compared with 795 last year. Fifteen firearms were confiscated, up from 12 last year.
Paul Vallas, chief school executive officer, attributed the increase to more metal detectors in the schools. All elementary schools and middle schools this school year received hand-held metal detectors to be used as needed. The high schools have had walk-through metal detectors for years. “We’re confiscating more things at the elementary and middle-school level,” Vallas said.