Students at public middle and high schools in Polk County can expect random weapons checks in the coming school year, which begins next Wednesday, Fox 13 News reports. The checks, which will be conducted by school administrators using metal detector wands, are a safety precaution, Superintendent Fred Heid said. The school district is also bringing back truancy officers to stem rising absenteeism. ALSO: News Channel 8 | The Ledger |

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  1. Its is to bad that parents are not doing their job as parents and we have to do the checking at school. Guess the parents do not know right from wrong.

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