What’s going on?
Why doesn’t the administration give us the lowdown on the lockdown?
What is the biggest threat in a school lock down? Apparently, it is the unknown. School districts around the country have always adopted the policy of having an informational black hole, but this isn’t necessarily always the right decision.
In the face of the many school shootings that have happened in the past decade, it is time for school policies to be rethought. Teenagers are at the age where they are trusted to not kill another person while driving on the road; however, they are not entrusted with information about whether or not their lives are in danger. This is a slap in the face to students everywhere. Blaine Cahill, a GJHS sophomore said when talking about school lock downs, “I really do think that the school should let us know what is going on.” Not telling students what is happening requires that administrators have no respect for the young adults that they see every day.
The school could benefit from letting students know what is happening during a lock down. Every piece of relevant information is crucial in the middle of a lock down. If a student was acting a little off a few days ago, another student may have realized it. This second student could tell a school administrator and potentially save the lives of everyone around them. The transfer of information is being blocked in an environment where it is the one thing that is never abundant. There would also be a perceived higher sense of security with students, knowing the difference between a drill and a legitimate lock down could mean the difference in a student’s sense of safety in a school. Students would also feel that the administration actually thinks about their feelings.
It is clear that students are unhappy not knowing what situation they are in, and schools have the opportunity to have more information in crucial moments. School districts around the country have the chance to revolutionize the way they handle emergency situations and protect their students’ lives. Right now is the time to take this necessary step.