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School security plan remains vague for Birmingham City Schools

Courtlin Arrington was just shy of her 18th birthday when she died in a fatal school shooting (Photo courtesy of De'Carlos Bates).

It was just four months ago that 17 year old Huffman High School student, Courtlin Arrington, was shot and killed inside her school. With a new school year only weeks away, many parents in the Birmingham City School district are asking if there are any changes to campus security.

Today, ABC 33/40 news pressed for answers at the district’s state of the schools address. Superintendent, Dr. Lisa Herring, says they’ve enhanced safety plans, but says she could not give details in the interest of intel. As for the random use of metal detectors at middle and high schools, there was also no word today on whether that strategy has changed for this school year.

"Obviously we do have metal detectors. There’s a plan for how it’s used and in a longer discussion we can discuss that," says Dr. Herring.

Concerned Birmingham resident, Richard Dickerson, was not buying today's presentation. He asserts the Birmingham district is not doing enough to address student safety.

"We don’t have a plan," says Dickerson. "Theatrics is not a plan. Postings on Facebook is not a plan. A plan is a written document that allocates resources -- people, time, and money.”

The day of the March shooting, many parents accused the district of poor communication. Today, Dr. Herring announced a new Birmingham City Schools app that parents can download on their phones to stay informed. She also highlighted some of the school district's goals that are part of the five year plan. By 2023, they hope to increase enrollment to 25-thousand students; and to have every child able to read, by second grade.

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