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    Posted December 15, 2012 by
    Stony Brook, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

    Stronger Security is Needed Within Schools

    Currently a college student studying to become a secondary English teacher, I just finished the last week of my student teaching experience. I feel comfortable enough to say that within my experiences as both a student and an educator, I have had the opportunity to visit multiple school districts and observe their security teams.

    Unfortunately, the most common form of security that one may come across is an elderly woman or man sitting at a sign-in desk at the entrance of the schools. These individuals have no background in security or defense, and merely are employed to record the names of visitors entering the school.

    My question is this: WHY are we employing individuals who are clearly not suitable to protect the lives of our children? Why aren't trained professionals monitoring the entrances of our schools?

    We complain that our country has too many individuals who are jobless and unemployed. Why not create a new career where individuals are trained to handle both children and adolescents, with a background in security and defense? This way, we can employ individuals who are suited to protect our schools.

    Putting our childrens' lives in the hands of the elderly and the inexperienced is NOT the way to create a safe learning enviroment. Something needs to change, and soon.
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