Teens & parents push for school metal detectors

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ATLANTIC, Iowa (WOWT) - Worried about a Florida-style school attack close to home, teenagers and parents in Atlantic, Iowa are raising money to buy metal detectors for the Atlantic Public Schools.

Joshua Smith, a junior at Atlantic High School, told 6 News: "It's just growing and becoming terrifying and something we'd like to take action with to make sure our school isn't threatened or gets shot."

Smith rallied a group of students and parents to try to raise money for metal detectors for every building in the Atlantic School District. He said: "Having to come through the metal detectors would make me feel a lot more safe."

Traci Smith, Joshua's mom, told 6 News: "We simply want safety."

On Wednesday, the group of teens and parents met with Steve Barber, the Atlantic Superintendent. Barber told 6 News he want to learn more about the group's plan. He said: "This is an opportunity for us to get together to have a conversation about school safety in a broader sense."

Along with metal detectors, the group also wants to replace classroom windows with bullet-proof glass and replace wooden doors with steel doors.

The group, called "Iowans Protecting Our Children" created an online fundraising page. You can find the link here: https://www.gofundme.com/iowans-protecting-our-children