Three in five people believe that metal detectors should be installed in all of Scotland’s schools, a poll has found.
The YouGov study for The Times found 60% of people support the devices being fitted to help crack down on weapons being brought onto school premises.
Just under a third, 30%, opposed the move while 10% did not express a view.
Women and older voters were found to be particularly in favour of the idea, the newspaper reported.
The poll comes just days after a teenager who stabbed 16-year-old Bailey Gwynne to death during a “trivial” row at an Aberdeen school was convicted of culpable homicide.
Bailey died from a knife wound to the chest in the fight at Cults Academy on October 28 last year.
A 16-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted by a jury at the city’s High Court on Monday.
The killer was also found guilty of other charges of having a knife and knuckledusters at the school.
Judge Lady Stacey deferred sentencing until April 1 in Edinburgh.
Aberdeen City Council is conducting a review in the wake of the death to see what lessons can be learnt.
Researchers quizzed 1,070 adults in Scotland between March 7 and 9 for the study.