DUNDALK, Md. - We caught up with some boys who are coming to check on their new school. Fourth and fifth graders are headed to middle school in Dundalk. The nerves start with the lockers.
"If I can't figure it out and I have something in there important," said Jordan Skipper, who is going into 5 th grade at Holabird Middle School.
"The bigger kids and they might pick on us," said Michael Wilson, who is going into 5 th grade at Holabird Middle School.
Eastwood Elementary was closed, sending the older students to Holabird Middle School years earlier.
"The mentality of the 4th - 5th graders to the 6th - 8th graders it's not even up on the same level," said Laura Holland, who works in Baltimore County schools.
It's another worry for parents as they send their babies off to start a new school year. They can't help but to reflect on the news last year when a gunman shot and injured a student at Perry Hall High School.
"I really think there's some way they need to get like a metal detector in the schools and that would take care of knives coming in, guns coming in," said Holland.
Schools aren't airports but security changes have been made. There's a camera buzzer system at every school now in Baltimore County.
Visitors have to be buzzed in and their ID is scanned for a background check, mostly looking for sex offenders. Surveillance cameras have been installed at schools. Also, School Resource Officers have been added to all middle and high schools.
"That makes me feel a little bit more confident that not just a random person, that you actually have to show ID and they know who you are," said Kara Skipper, mom to a 5 th grader.
Parents have fingers crossed for controlled chaos as a new Dundalk High School opens, after 53 years in the old building.
And all will be right if every student has the same enthusiasm as fourth grader Dylan Holland.
"I'm actually quite excited about it," he said.
Dr. Dallas Dance will start his school tour at Dundalk High School on Monday at 7:45 a.m., making sure the year gets off to a safe start.
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