Where things stand one year after shooting at Socastee High School

Published: Sep. 20, 2011 at 1:07 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2011 at 3:25 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - One year after a student opened fire at Socastee High School, the Horry County School system has implemented a number of new procedures and policies to protect students.

On September 21, 2010 investigators with Horry County Police arrested 14-year-old Christian Helms for firing a gun at Socastee High School resource officer Erik Karney. Following Helms arrest, police found multiple pipe bombs and explosive materials meant to be used in an attack against students.

One year later, Horry County Schools now require all middle and high schools to use metal detectors on a daily basis.

"The use of the metal detectors has become more efficient, staff are more comfortable doing the checking." said James Bradley, Executive Director of Student Services for Horry County Schools in an interview on Monday.

Each school's administration can decide how many students to screen but the district requires that the detectors be used on a daily basis. Earlier this year, the school system also launched a locally based bully tip line to help students report issues away from the classroom.

"I don't think that it hurts because you can just never tell if things are going to happen, even with little kids." said Myrtle Beach parent Marty Williams.

In August, Horry County Schools also began metal detector screening for both students and visitors at Friday night football games.

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