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Lawmaker: Let Schools Use Money On Metal Detectors

A state legislator wants to let Ohio schools use Homeland Security money to install metal detectors. Democratic State Representative Bill Patmon has proposed a bill to help schools pay for the extra security, which he says has already been affective in Cleveland Public Schools. “I see this as a security issue; Homeland Security,â€? says Patmon. “Right now they've stopped using body scanners after spending hundreds of millions of dollars on body scanners. Clearly there is money in the federal government to protect our childrenâ€? Patmon originally proposed a bill requiring all Ohio schools to install metal detectors, but he watered the idea down to try to get more support. The proposal faces a time crunch: the two-year legislative session ends at the end of the year, and Patmon’s bill only received its first committee hearing last week.