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Guards, police won’t ensure school safety

It seems only like yesterday that I was sitting in one of my high school teacher’s room, watching the tragedy that took place in Columbine, Lake Worth, Fla., or even 9/11. It’s been more than 4-1/2 years since I was attending school on a regular basis, and I’ve seen all the changes, but are things really that much different? And do the teachers, students, staff and visitors want to make the schools look more like prisons?
I’ve always thought that all the schools in the county were very nice, and now with some recent renovations, they look even better. However, I never knew how great they were until I was able to visit my friends up in Muncie, where I saw a school that looked like a jail.
Delta High School, in Muncie, is very dark due to the fact that there are very few windows. If it wasn’t for the sign out front, one might mistake it for the Delaware County Jail. My friends always tried describing their school, but I had to see it with my own eyes to actually believe it.
The school looks like a jail because it supposedly is in an area that has a high risk of tornadoes, but many students thought that it was because administrators were trying to make the school a safer place.
Other schools throughout the country have barbed wire fences, metal detectors and security guards roaming the halls.
When I attended the recent safety seminar at South Harrison Community School Corp.’s administrative offices, one part of Dr. Ronald Stephen’s presentation really got my attention. What do we want in our schools? Do we want to act like terrorism in the schools doesn’t exist, allowing kids to bully one another, and just look the other way? Or do we want to put such a tight hold on terror that we control every student at every second, once the child arrives from home?
When I was in high school, I made the mistake of saying the problem with the American education system is that teachers don’t put forth the effort to make the child learn. I remember clearly that I made a favorite teacher upset, but I’ve become more wise since that comment. I’ve learned that teachers fear consequences if they try to impose discipline on a student sleeping in class, bullying another student or a student failing a class.
When it comes to school safety, however, as far as I know, teachers can push for all students to get along, to work together on projects, and treat all their fellow classmates the same way they would want to be treated.
The schools appear to be on the right track, to keep all their buildings with a friendly, welcoming appearance. They must stay away from what some in the public might want, which is to put the schools on absolute lockdown, allowing the possibility of a horrible act and crime to take place in our own community, to control what should be done with the schools.
All of the schools in our community want to do more to make the schools a safer place, but what else can really be done? More security? Less windows? Or perhaps less students and more teachers? All school administrators are committed to making the schools the safest place in Harrison County, but perhaps they should start with the student and the teachers. Encourage classmates to be more courteous and friendly to one another and don’t accept anything below that standard.

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