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Charlotte's police chief said Wednesday that adding metal detectors in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools is one answer to preventing violent attacks and keeping students safe at school.

School Board members Ericka Ellis-Stewart and Carol Sawyer said the plan could make schools feel like detention centers.

Putney stands behind his idea to keep schools safe by restricting entry to just one door and putting metal detectors at every entrance.

“Everybody talks about philosophical ways to address things and political ways,” Putney told WSOC TV. “What we're looking at is practical solutions."

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