America needs to get practical about school safety

It’s time for every school to exercise the following security option. First, have at the entrance of a school building an on-duty deputy sheriff or police officer and a metal detector. Students and parents would be subject to search during drop off time. All doors should be locked at the end of drop off time. If your late, your absent.

All parents and people authorized to pick up kids are subject to a facial, retina, and/or fingerprint scan, meaning when you enroll your kid, you register this data with the school board. When you present yourself at the front, if your vitals don’t match what’s in the database, then you turn your ass around and go home.

Yes, I know what the responses are going to be. “Oh, what about our privacy?” Please. To heck with your privacy. Who the hell are you? A celebrity? What’s more important? Your kids or information that you’re overweight?”But Drew. Who is going to pay for this?” The same local government paying for that goddamned new Falcons stadium that you don’t need. The same county government spending millions connecting their buildings with an I-Net that county residents don’t have access to. The same federal government spending billions maintaining bases in foreign countries that don’t give a shit about us or the lives we spill in their damned defense.Time for Americans to actually start living up to the hype of being a so-called practical people….

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to America needs to get practical about school safety

  1. Ken Ciszewski says:

    Alton, I agree with your basic idea. I think actually securing schools takes more than what you propose, depending on how the actual threat is assessed from a physcial security point of view.

    We had a mass shooting at a local manufacturing plant about three years ago. The shooter managed to kill a security guard to gain entrance before going on his killing spree. We had a similar shooting at a local town hall where a policeman was killed before the gunman gained entrance. I’m thinking the entrance needs to have a double “mantrap” door arrangement with bullet proof glass and walls, for starters. Guards will need body armor, and there probably needs to be more than one of them present.

    Even so, your point about where to find the money is well taken.

    Since it’s doubtful we will ever do away with hand guns in this country, yours is the most practical solution. From a strict constructionist point of view, maybe we should limit citizens to the weaponry the Founders had in mind when they wrote the second amendment–one musket apiece! That would at least minimize the damage.

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