Security breach despite safety upgrades

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Josh White

Educational assistant Ms. Kerry Geiger utilizes the secuirty ID checking system to document visiting adults’ entrance into the building. In order to come inside, visitors must present a photo ID and wear a printed Scheiber-specific ID at all times during their visit.

Genia Peierls, Contributing Writer

 

In the beginning of this school year, some changes were made to the security system.  The district encouraged these changes in response to noted lapses in security in other schools across America.

“We have been making improvements to our security system for the past few years,” said Principal Mr. Ira Pernick.  “Other than national issues with too many tragic events in schools we have not made decisions based on incidents here.”

Despite the fact that additions were not made solely due to complications at Schreiber, one incident that occured on Oct. 29, in which a 17-year-old male was spotted in the cafeteria and arrested for trespassing, is encouraging further reform.

“The Board of Education and district administration is working closely with the Schreiber administration and Port Washington Police to strengthen security measures and ensure their safety at all times,” said Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Mooney. “The Schreiber administration responded quickly and appropriately to this incident and are taking steps to tighten procedures immediately.”

Some security renovations currently being made to the school involve technology.

“We have added more cameras throughout the school and added door alarms to exterior doors in the A wing,” said Mr. Pernick.

Several announcements have been made to remind students of existing rules against entering or exiting the building through any doors other than the main doors. Some students feel that the heavy level of security is unnecessary.

“The security measures that have been put in place that prohibit students from using side entrances are a bit much,” said sophomore Sarah DeMarino. “It’s understandable to want to keep the students safe, but blocking the side doors isn’t really helping. It’s difficult for some students to walk all the way around the building to the front entrance, especially for students who have lockers on the bottom floor. There is also more congestion in the lobby in the mornings.”

However, Mr. Pernick stays determined to enhance the safety within the school.

“We will continue to improve security in the future while maintaining an appropriate balance for student freedom,” said Mr. Pernick.

Many of the parents agree with the direction of the security in the school as it ensures the continued safety of their children.  Ms. Lisa Epstein, parent of senior Jesse Epstein, showed her support of the school’s strict policies, but sees room for improvement.

“I am happy that the school has taken the security issue seriously, and I do not mind the inconvenience of having to show ID at the door,” said Ms. Epstein. “I do wish there was a way to have a second entrance safely open. I think that is something to work on.”

Though opinions differ on this subject, Mr. Pernick expressed his anticipation of future technology that can provide a safer learning institution for his students.

“We are hopeful to create a more natural flow of traffic in and out of the building to help us maintain a secure environment,” said Mr. Pernick.