Lockdown

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Nya Arce, Staff Member

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In a world where students are forced to live with the question “Am I next?” hanging over their heads, how do they react when the administration takes steps towards securing their safety? In the wake of the tragedies this past year, the administration enacted the closed campus policy, which means that all outside and classroom doors remain locked during the school day. This practice was met with a myriad of responses from the student body, and while some students resisted the change, many embraced it.

Despite shortcuts being lost and doors locked, student Rachel Lackaye agrees with the change. “I think it’s a good idea because it is literally so easy for anyone to walk onto school campus whether they have plans to attack the school or not,” Lackaye said, “no unauthorized person has any excuse to be there because that’s weird.” Last year, Lackaye was an avid supporter of the March For Our Lives campaign, so when she learned of the steps the administration was taking to ensure the safety of the students, she was pleased. “I think it should’ve already been a serious practice. I support it.” Lackaye said.

When the change was first implemented, many students complained because it took them longer to get to class, but others, like Rachel, don’t understand why it was such a big deal. “It’s only affected me if I’m out of class when I shouldn’t be, which is understandable.” Lackaye said, “When I leave class it’s not like it’s a surprise that the doors are locked.” The policy is here to stay, whether the student body likes it or not, and it seems that many either support it or don’t care how it affects them.

One of the biggest arguments against the policy was “If someone wanted to hurt us, they’d find a way,” but supporters say that they feel more secure regardless. “I so feel safer knowing that people are on the lookout for suspicious people and are trying to keep them out.” Lackaye said. This new policy let’s outsiders know that the school cares about its students, and is willing to take steps to protect them. “I understand that it may not directly prevent a school shooting, but it lets everyone know that the school is on the lookout behavior alluding to those types of situations.”

The closed campus policy, whether it is effective, is a safeguard against what could be. No one thinks the impossible could happen to them until it turns into a tragedy, but this new policy is a way to prevent the school from being the next high school to make national news.