OPS to use metal detectors at some sporting events

Omaha, NE – Metal detectors will begin appearing at some Omaha Public Schools high school basketball games this weekend.

The OPS board Monday evening approved spending $60,000 for the use of four metal detectors. Lion's Gate Security will operate the metal detectors at sporting events deemed "priority," where large crowds are expected.

Assistant Superintendent of Student and Community Services Thomas Harvey says everyone attending a game will be required to go through the metal detectors. Harvey says the metal detectors will be used for the next eight weeks at basketball games.

OPS tested out the metal detectors at a game last weekend at North High School. No problems were reported. Harvey says there have been no reported incidents this year of weapons brought to sporting events.