While schools across the state have upped security measures, with Kanawha County Schools in the process of implementing electronic doors that scan visitors ID's for past offenses, only Chandler Academy -- the county's alternative school -- is equipped with metal detectors.
Duerring said students are taught to report any potentially dangerous situation to school staff, which is what happened in the case at Capital.
"We encourage kids that if there's any kind of incident to report to administration or a teacher right away, even if they don't feel it's a threat," Duerring said. "We have a pretty good school environment<t40>...<t$> there's been enough school incidents across the nation that the kids get worried about it, too. I think they're readily stepping up to report any incidents."
Only 64 of West Virginia's more than 800 public schools had a prevention resource officer patrolling the halls in 2012, according to the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services. Capital High is one of them.
However, more schools have designated resource officers, whose sole purpose is to provide security. Prevention resource officers also handle mentoring and programs such as drug prevention.
Capital High Principal Clinton Giles did not return calls as of late Wednesday afternoon.
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