Are our schools safe?

  • Monday, January 14, 2013

Dear Editor:

In light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, what is our school district going to do to improve safety and security in Berkeley County schools? The loss of these children is only one example of the major risk our schools face.
My child started at Berkeley Elementary School for the 2012-13 school year, and I have been observing the routines each day when taking him to school. I have some major concerns.
Why are our courthouses and police offices equipped with metal detectors, security doors and bulletproof glass, but our schools have no protection? Law enforcement officers have weapons to arm them, but our schools have no recourse against the risk of criminals or pedophiles. Yet our community only sees the need to protect our public law offices instead of our innocent children.
For starters, our schools should have security similar to prisons and maternity floors. The main entrance should be a secure area that only the students can pass through, and visitors can only access with security badged and/or school escorts. Security glass walls and doors should be installed in the foyer of the schools to keep students safe.
Instead of the recent tax increase to build new schools and improvements, I would like to see some of that money put back into increasing the safety and security of our existing schools. I have not been at peace with the lack of security I have witnessed since the first day of school, and the tragic crimes that are happening all around us do not help. We need to protect our schools.

Clarence Harwell III
Moncks Corner

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