If one Ohio legislator gets his way, the state will use some federal Homeland Security money to give to Ohio schools that want to install metal detectors in their classroom buildings. Democratic State Representative Bill Patmon is from Cleveland. He’s proposed a bill that would let schools apply for Homeland Security dollars to pay for the extra security. Patmon tells Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen that metal detectors could help prevent the kinds of violent school incidents that have shaken the nation in recent years.
Patmon's proposal to let Ohio schools use federal homeland security money to buy metal detectors faces a time crunch. The two-year legislative session ends when the year ends .and this proposal just received its first committee hearing last week. Patmon originally proposed that all Ohio schools be required to install metal detectors, but he watered down the idea to try to get more support.