Note: FAQs on metal detectors and a list of prohibited items in stadiums and arenas are included at the bottom of this story.
WEST COLUMBIA, SC – As part of Lexington Two’s commitment to the safety of students, families, employees, and community members, the district has implemented use of metal detectors at high school arena and stadium events to screen spectators.
All event attendees will be asked to follow instructions of the security screening staff on site, and only clear bags will be allowed in high school stadiums and arenas for events. Spectators will be asked to individually walk through the metal detector, which will beep if a metal object is detected. Anyone with a prohibited item will be asked to take the item back to a vehicle before being permitted into the stadium or arena. Spectators will not be asked to remove any belts, clothing, hats, or shoes.
Other safety reminders:
- Lexington Two has a clear bag rule in effect that restricts sizes and types of bags allowed in arena and stadium events. Find specs on approved bags, a list of prohibited bags, and other important information by clicking here.
- Lexington Two also uses an electronic system to manage visitors at all district schools and offices. Read more about it by clicking here.
- Finally, the district has a tip line to report threats, crimes, weapons, bullying, and other concerns both inside and outside the classroom. Call, text or email: (803) 363-5172, [email protected].
Everyone plays a role in safety, and we appreciate your continued support as we further strengthen security measures already in place throughout the district. If you have any questions, please talk with a school or district administrator.
Reminder: Items Prohibited In Lexington Two Stadiums and Arenas
Tobacco or alcohol of any kind
Tripods, selfie sticks
Weapons of any kind
Banner sized posters or displays
Distribution of leaflets or brochures
Skateboards, rollerblades, skates
Animals (Unless service animal)
Beach balls, other inflatable items
Gifts, gift bags, baskets
Stools or folding chairs
Inappropriate attire as determined by school district
Inappropriate or disruptive items as determined by the school district
Lexington School District Two has a No Re-entry Rule
For the health and well-being of Lexington School District Two students, staff, and visitors, all properties are tobacco-free. All forms of tobacco are prohibited on all Lexington School District Two owned, leased, and controlled properties and in vehicles while parked on Lexington School District Two property.
All bags and property are subject to search while on school district property or attending a school district event. Administration reserves the right to adjust these policies at any time with no prior notice.
Frequently Asked Questions About Metal Detectors
QUESTION: Why has Lexington Two implemented metal detectors and clear bags at events in stadiums and arenas?
ANSWER: These items are part of the district’s continuing commitment to provide a safe and secure environment for students, employees, and community members.
QUESTION: Have there been threats made to athletic events at Lexington Two?
ANSWER: No, but like many surrounding stadiums and arenas, Lexington Two has implemented use of walk-through metal detectors, along with other measures, as a means of further strengthening safety and security measures already in place.
QUESTION: Will there be metal detectors at every entrance to games?
ANSWER: Yes. This will allow fans to enter quickly and efficiently.
QUESTION: What time will gates open if we have to walk through metal detectors?
ANSWER: Gates will open an hour before the start of the game and will remain open until tickets are no longer sold.
QUESTION: What can fans expect when they arrive at the gate to the stadium or arena?
ANSWER: Spectators will be asked to follow instructions of the security screening staff. Only clear bags will be allowed in stadiums and arenas. Attendees will NOT be asked to remove any belts, clothing, hats, or shoes. To carefully scan everyone, spectators will be asked to individually walk through the metal detector. If an individual has a prohibited item, he/she will be asked to take the item back to a vehicle before being permitted into the stadium or arena.
QUESTION: Will the clear bag policy also be enforced with the metal detectors?
ANSWER: Yes, the clear bag policy is still in effect. To expedite the screening process, it is recommended that fans use their approved clear bag to carry approved items.
QUESTION: What if I have a medical condition and cannot walk through a metal detector?
ANSWER: Metal detectors are safe for all individuals, including children, pregnant women, and adults with most medical implants or devices. Fans with concerns about passing through the walk-through metal detectors should check with their doctor prior to game day. If you choose not to use the walk-through metal detector and need special medical accommodations, please ask screening staff if you can be screened with a handheld device.
QUESTION: What if fans don’t want to pass through metal detectors?
ANSWER: Fans with concerns about passing through the walk-through metal detectors will still be subject to screening with a hand-held metal detector wand. If you are still uncomfortable with the hand-held wands, inform a member of the gate security staff so they may notify law enforcement. The district reserves the right to refuse entry.