What do you think?

October 15, 2006

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, . Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week's poll question was: How surprised were you about the security, or lack thereof, at area schools?

"If teachers can be mistaken for students, this isn't surprising at all."

"This is the type of community I would move to so I wouldn't have to send kids through security to get into school. That being said, the root of this problem isn't in the schools and the security, it is at home. How are these kids who go into schools with weapons being raised?"

"Come on people. Haven't you learned it's not always about the students? What about what happened in Pennsylvania and Colorado in the last couple of weeks? Adults walking in with guns and shooting our children. Parents need to be angry and make sure something is done about the security in all the schools so what happened in those places doesn't happen here."


"In this corner we have key-card entry systems and camera systems. In that corner we have nut cases with guns and knives and clubs. This gives the appearance of doing something to protect the children at school. I will go really far out on a limb and state that key-card entry systems and camera systems would not have prevented any of the school killings in this country in the last 100 years and won't do anything to protect the children in this county in the next 100 years. It is a waste of money."

"I don't know how anyone can be surprised at what happened here. We have known for a long time that the school board along with other government officials only are concerned with themselves. For instance look at how much money has been spent to (rebut) all the bad sayings that President Bush did nothing to stop 9/11. That money could have went a long way in providing security measures to make sure it never happens again. Just like the school board, they have made sure that no one can get to the higher officials at the main office without a key card but apparently our children are considered second-class citizens."

"How do you protect portable classrooms where students have to go from one building to another just to use a rest room?"

"No matter how much security you provide, a nut case will find a way to assail others. And all he has to do is read the newspaper to find out what schools and entrances are vulnerable."

"How about I walk into the Herald-Mail to see if every one of their employees are safe? Why did the Herald-Mail report this to the public and not privately? Why don't they do the same thing with a bank? If something happens in one of our schools, I bet there will be a link to the article that was just written. I, as a teacher, now am worried about the safety of my students and my own children. Where I teach we do take security as an important issue. A reporter did not come to our school and if they did, they would have been stopped immediately. The Herald-Mail was totally out of line to publish such an article. This is also one reason why I do not subscribe to the Herald-Mail. Why not blame everything on the schools? Start the list, lack of security, high teen pregnancy rate. This is as silly as the photos of the five and six generations that you put in the paper."

"If a true nutcase wants something, they will do anything to get it. Locked doors and security patrols aren't going to stop that."

"I didn't see a problem, it's a school not a jail. Most school problems come from within, aka students."

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