Pageant Question About School Security
Today’s Pageant Question of the Day is: Should schools have increased security measures implemented?
Why this question was asked: It is important to be ready to answer questions about any topic during interview, especially those relevant to recent news stories.
This is how some of our Instagram followers answered the question:
Katie (katie.hodges): Absolutely. We need to protect our kids in schools. When parents send their kids off to school they are sending them with the belief that they are in a safe place. I think we can implement this by giving every student, faculty and staff member an ID card you have to swipe when you want to get in. At my school, every door gets locked at a certain time and you have to push a buzzer to get in through the office. At the end of the day all that matters is that the kids of America are safe.
Yvannah (yvannahhh): Unfortunately, yes. Although we want to believe schools are a safe haven for students, recent events have caused parents, students, and teachers to spend more time fearing rather than learning. Safety measures, such as ID cards and education regarding what to do in case of an emergency, should be implemented to make sure students feel more confident in their safety and education.
Carolyn (carolynkoepping): As an aspiring educator it is my primary goal to keep my students safe. There are measures that can be taken by every school to improve its safety, many of which do not have to include teachers or administrators carrying guns. I would like to see the implementation of all doors locked besides the front entrance, security cameras, as well as staff having easy access to pepper sprays in case of emergency.
Charlsie (charlsiecole): Most public places need security to an extent. I went to a high school where doors were locked about 10 minutes after first period began so you had to be buzzed in by the office. We also had security guards and metal detectors. All of that was fine and all but it made going to school feel like prison which really inhibits your learning abilities. Plus, all of those measures don’t work when two students want to beat the crap out of each other. People often forget that most issues for schools is not some random stranger coming on to campus, but the students and their disrespect for authority and one another.
Jennifer (jennh326): Over the past several years many schools have increased their security measures for outside, unknown influences but few have addressed the need to change policies to handle situations such as student on student violence or situations such as the incident in San Bernardino where the shooter was known to school personnel. There is no one answer that addresses each and every school or situation, but training and awareness are key.
Our favorite answer:
Jenna (jennajudah): Yes! When I was a senior in high school, our school doors were always unlocked and wide open. There is one instance in particular that has always stuck with me. An intruder came into the school screaming and being very forceful. All students were on lockdown for hours. It was terrifying. Students, along with their parents, should feel that school is a safe place to be. As a college recruiter now, my college does not have police on campus and there are many days that I am on campus alone. I believe needing a student or staff ID to open a door is a way to safety, as well as having police or security on campus in case of any intruder or treat.
The judges would like this answer best because she uses personal experience to back up her answer and offers a potential solution for improvement. (Read: Pageant Question About Guns in Schools)
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