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October 23, 2006

Last week's question

Recently The Herald-Mail tested security procedures in the local schools. What security systems are in use where you work and do they make you feel safer? Please don't use company names.




I used to work for the federal government in leased space in a commercial building in Washington, D.C. A contractor placed a "guard" in the hallway by the elevators and gave the "guard" a whistle and a walkie-talkie.

I told the "guard" that she needed a bigger whistle. This did keep out the "street people," but wouldn't even slow down anyone who really wanted to get into the work area. But it was relatively cheap. Which brings to mind the saying: Good, fast and cheap - you can have two of the three.

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I formerly worked for state government and considering the action taken against an individual who allegedly made gun-related threats, they had no security since the building was not locked down and no criminal charges were filed. Since then we have seen a police officer go to jail after anonymous threats to individuals, schools and government buildings. Hmmmm.

Metal detectors and an officer in front who searches bags.

Identification badges. You would think people teaching our children would be intelligent enough to think of it.

We have absolutely no security other than locking the door when "the men" go to lunch. And no, this doesn't make me feel safe.

Why oh why is school security considered a "county" thing? Shouldn't all our children be safe no matter what the school system? Why has there not been a statewide commission assembled to get all the schools up to the same speed?

We could learn a bit from some of the bigger counties, and yet we always seem to want to re-invent the wheel ourselves. I was amazed to received a letter from the superintendent asking for parental volunteers for school security.

I have worked in the credit card industry with key cards and armed guards. Armed security guards are the only way to secure a building against threats to safety, but is that the environment you want your child in?

Teachers, parents and other school employees are not security, they are just the first person who will probably be hurt in a dangerous incident.

So the schools hired a new security manager? What I want to know is: Who was responsible for security in the schools before this? Has this person been replaced?

School security is a joke! When I went to school I used to keep a 12 gauge shotgun in my locker so I could go hunting after school. I would walk through the woods on my way, trying to find us something to eat. Never a problem. The world has gone crazy with security issues.

I work for a retail company that is in a "not so good" neighborhood and we don't have any security. Sometimes it can get very scary.

A few of us have had people try to come over the counter and get us. Not only that, but we have also been robbed at gun point also and our company has not done anything to help protect us any better.

We have the Kronos system. It requires a badge and keeps track of who goes where as well as our time cards. I know this is in a different direction, but my grandchildren's large day-care center is wide open all day. Are there any rules or regulations for keeping them safe as well?

Is America becoming what Russia was - a dictatorship designed to follow a citizen's every move? We don't need school security!

The place where I work makes us all take our clothes off before entering the building. We place our clothing in a plastic bin that is then run through an x-ray machine. Our clothing is tested for exposure to explosives and radioisotopes.

They give us paper tunics to wear while this is going on, so it's really no big thing. At first it was a little hard getting used to it, but now it all seems second nature to don the paper tunic. The test takes only a few seconds. We then are allowed to put our clothing back on.

To tell you the truth, there are some days I would rather just wear the paper tunic for the rest of the day. It's very comfortable. It might seem a severe method to ensure safety, but we must remember that there are those in the world that hate us for our freedoms.

If it wouldn't have been for that darn Eve, we wouldn't need clothes or paper tunics and wouldn't have a place to hide our weapons.

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