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    School drop-off today

    Noticeable step-up in presence at each of my kids' schools today. 3-4 male teachers at each door with their heads on swivels. I found it comforting.



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    Re: School drop-off today

    I'm going to guess there were a lot more parents than normal doing drop-offs, too?


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    Re: School drop-off today

    I don't find having extra security at my kids' school comforting at all. Schools should not need extra security.



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    Re: School drop-off today

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackhawk6515 View Post
    I don't find having extra security at my kids' school comforting at all. Schools should not need extra security.
    My Catholic HS had open doors at the same time the nearby public schools had locked doors and a metal detector. I remember talking to the dean of students during a basketball game and asked him about it. He told me (paraphrasing) "If someone wants to harm us they will find a way. Metal detectors make you start your day out on alert, not focused on education."

    Now, of course there needs to be some precautions but his point seems more relevant today than ever.


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    Re: School drop-off today

    I would think locked doors would be a start. While the CT incident would probably still have happened, you can start the alert at the door rather than after the person gained access to the hallways and classrooms. I read that the CT doors were supposed to be locked several minutes before this happened.



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    Re: School drop-off today

    The school in my town installed key less entry doors last year. I found it quite funny because it is now just an elementary school, but with the CT incident and heaving two brothers going there, I am really happy with it. Can never be too safe I guess.



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    Re: School drop-off today

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    I would think locked doors would be a start. While the CT incident would probably still have happened, you can start the alert at the door rather than after the person gained access to the hallways and classrooms. I read that the CT doors were supposed to be locked several minutes before this happened.
    He went in through a window that he broke. Apparently they had just recently had a new security system installed.



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    Re: School drop-off today

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneIce View Post
    He went in through a window that he broke. Apparently they had just recently had a new security system installed.
    Yeah, that was what I gathered as well. Sadly, as several experts have stated, it will be extremely hard to stop an armed lunatic who goes with intent to hurt people, regardless of the measures taken.



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    Re: School drop-off today

    My daughter's middle school and neighboring elementary school had an additional officer in their SUV sitting on the road across from the school (the middle school already has an on-duty officer every day).


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    Re: School drop-off today

    Kudos for the Schools and such taking steps to help folks feel more secure and who knows potentially deter someone from planning something terrible like what happened in CT. If the addition of an extra person/teacher or metal detectors saves one life its worth the effort. These are steps that are within the school's control and that is all they can do.

    Unfortunately these efforts are a band-aid and do not address the underlying problem. Much like changing gun laws, these will not solve the violence just change the way that it is inflicted.

    Somehow the underlying issue of mental health must be addressed and controlled in order for us to live in a society where these sensless acts no longer exist.


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    Re: School drop-off today

    Quote Originally Posted by TXCyclones View Post
    My daughter's middle school and neighboring elementary school had an additional officer in their SUV sitting on the road across from the school (the middle school already has an on-duty officer every day).
    I think this is where we'll get to eventually. One police officer in each school.



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    Re: School drop-off today

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I think this is where we'll get to eventually. One police officer in each school.
    The fact that this might be true is incredibly saddening. Schools should be a place where children feel safe and want to have fun, not a place where they are worrying all the time.



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    Re: School drop-off today

    Quote Originally Posted by cmjh10 View Post
    The fact that this might be true is incredibly saddening. Schools should be a place where children feel safe and want to have fun, not a place where they are worrying all the time.
    I agree. Unfortunately not only do schools have to worry about situations like CT they also have to worry about an even more common issue of student violence and bullying against one another. Bullying isnt a new concept but its not just something that happens in the locker room after gym class anymore with facebook and twitter etc kids are being bullied constantly (potentially)


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    Re: School drop-off today

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I think this is where we'll get to eventually. One police officer in each school.
    I was thinking about this yesterday, and for Indianola, I believe that would be six. I'm not sure we have that many on duty at any given time.



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    Re: School drop-off today

    Quote Originally Posted by cmjh10 View Post
    The fact that this might be true is incredibly saddening. Schools should be a place where children feel safe and want to have fun, not a place where they are worrying all the time.
    I think it also comes down to the trust you have in the staff at your school. When I was in middle school we had plenty of incidents where the teachers showed they were going to do whatever it took to keep students safe. We had a girl laugh at a Columbine video and say she was going to shoot up the schools and the teachers made sure nothing happened. Also another day I saw my teachers all sprint out the door to chase down a kid who pushed a girl or something. He tried to run from the school and a teacher chased him down into the woods. Finally during one of my high school years we had like 4 bomb threats in one week. I felt safe knowing the plan the school had in act. Our teachers made sure we were safe and all those kids who did anything threatening our safety paid a huge consequence.



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