Thursday, January 10, 2013

Reactionary security measures

A letter came home from preschool today.

"Due to recent events in the news it has become necessary to implement the following guidelines to the building security of [redacted]. All outside doors to the church building will be locked during the week days. 
"The fellowship hall door will be unlocked [during specified hours]. If you come to the preschool once the doors are locked you will need to enter upstairs under the carport. You can ring the door bell and someone will let you in. Please let them know that you are a preschool parent. 
"We hope this doesn't cause any inconvenience but feel this is the best for the safety and security of the children and our staff."

I don't like it. I don't like these reactionary pronouncements. Is going to the upstairs door too much of an inconvenience? No.

What I don't like is that this is all because someone shot his way into an elementary school and killed a bunch of people and now everyone is panicking.

Should the building doors be locked during the day? Maybe. I really doubt there is a reason they need to be, but I also lock my front door during the day.

Should the front doors be locked during the day because something terrible but EXTREMELY RARE happened several states away? No.

If you want to have a conversation about general security, ok. Bring it on. But don't blame Sandy Hook. Because I have one thing to say to that:

He shot his way in past the locked doors and buzzer system.

Will these new security procedures mean anything to someone who really wants to get in? Nope.

Can someone get inside even if the doors are locked? Yep. All they have to do is ring the bell and say they are a preschool parent. Will office staff know who all the parents are? Nope. The preschool records are maintained by the preschool, not the church office.

This won't really effect me unless I have to pick up a sick kid, but I hate that places feel they need to adopt these measures because "something like that could happen here". I hate that people will actually feel more secure with this even though their kids were already safe.

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