Feb 6, 2015 11:46 AM

No metal detectors for new Dover High, despite survey reporting guns inside


DOVER - Metal detectors aren't part of the plans when it comes to the building and remodeling of a new Dover High School, school officials said.

The announcement comes just weeks after results of an annual youth risk survey said some students claimed they were bringing weapons - including handguns, shotguns and rifles - into the building.

The survey is administered annually to students in the Dover school district.

The survey results included 15 percent of seniors who claimed to have brought a nonfirearm weapon into the school - such as a knife or club.

In addition, about 5 percent of sophomores said they had brought a gun into the school facility over the past three months.

But Dover High students tell NH1 News they don't believe the survey results.

"It's anonymous, so they just make it up," Ashley Deyo said. "I'm not really too nervous about it because they're definitely kidding. They're not bringing weapons into school, I don't think. Maybe like knives and stuff, but not shotguns."

Mayor Karen Weston has expressed concern over the survey results, and has formerly told NH1 News a safety committee would review how to proceed.

"One gun is one too many," Weston said last month.

But students at the school say there's nothing to worry about - and that metal detectors aren't needed.

"I think it's just a waste of money when they can be putting it towards the books that we actually need and other supplies," student Samantha Lamontagne said.

Dover Police Chief Anthony Colarusso tells NH1 News he does not remember a school resource officer or school official reporting a single incident at the high school involving a firearm over the past five years.

Colarusso would not comment further about whether metal detectors should be installed at the school.


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