South Carolina students head back to school tomorrow., Following recent events of gun violence in the United States, some South Carolina schools are addressing campus safety.
Middle and high schoolers in Chesterfield County will be walking through metal detectors at the start of their day. School officials said it's a sign of the times.
"It's heartbreaking to know these things are happening throughout the United States and even here in South Carolina,” Sheriff James Dixon said.
The sheriff said he hopes metal detectors will eventually be in every school in the county, including elementary schools.
"Safety is the priority and the reality is that students can't learn until they have a strong sense of feeling safe. Safety will always be at the forefront of everything that we do,” said Chan Anderson, Assistant Superintendent.
They won't be on every single day, officials explained. Some are mobile and can be used at sporting events. Neighboring Lancaster County will also have mobile metal detectors it can use as needed.
Starting this year, the Clover School District in York County will have metal detectors and wands at the entrances to Memorial Stadium. They'll also require everyone to carry clear bags, similar to the rules seen at NFL games.
Leaders in Clover said their goal is to have multiple security layers in order to have the safest possible environment for everybody. Clover Police will also continue to be on hand at every football game -- something they've done for years.