The most important role in the school is the superintendent. He is hired to assess education programs. To make decisions regarding school budget. To employ, supervise, and manage both principals and staff. He is the top executive.
With all that comes with his position, is it really the superintendent’s responsibility to be a security guard too? Is it the principal’s responsibility? Is it the teacher’s responsibility?
Over a year ago, 17 high school students were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A parent who lost a daughter in the shooting proposed that Superintendent Robert Runcie be fired. The school backed Runcie with a 6 to 3 vote; and Runice was approved to stay on board in his rank.
While empathizing with the parents of the victim, Brian C. Johnson, vice mayor of the suburb of West Park, believe the exertion to eradicate Runcie was both a “sham” and “a shameful attempt to make our superintendent a sacrificial offering to their god of irrational revenge” according to a recent article in Fox News online.
Now, in a recent article from CNN online news, Broward County Public Schools will now include Stoneman Douglas High School principal Ty Thompson in an expanded investigation of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It’s anticipated to be conducted by the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
The school principal’s position is to manage school operations and day-to-day school activities, as well as coordinating curriculum. He oversees staff, teachers, and students and facilitates communication between them.
With all involved in stressful educational positions, should he or she also be accountable to act as a security guard, armed with a gun? Would that make you feel safer about your child?
According to Fox19 NOW website, a school district in northern Cincinnati suburbs recently won a lawsuit that tried to halt their new policy arming teachers and other staff members.
The thing is, educators are not qualified to execute school security. They have limited training with equipment and would never be as good as a trained professional.
There is a better solution.
One of the most basic things that can be done would be to secure the classroom. REMO Security Doors developed a way to turn classrooms into saferooms.
Revolutionizing the safety of our schools, the doors are bullet resistant, fire resistant, and sound proof. The whole process could be complete within an hour. Then educators can go back to educating. And students can go back to learning. In a safe environment.