Christ, if my school had strip searches, or even metal detectors, etc...I would take it as a VERY BAD SIGN, not a good thing. I wouldn't work in an environment that NEEDED all that security, why would I send my child there? Time to either move, homeschool, find the resources to go to private school. I am actually in this situation, as we live in a big city with crappy schools. Half of the schools in my district were designated "persistently dangerous" by some state authority. I am already researching private schools. The parents should all be up in revolt that they are supposed to send their kids there. But, I guess they just don't know any better, or feel powerless to change things.