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Florida school opens for class with new security after massacre

Reuters

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) – The Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people in February opened on Wednesday for a new school year with three armed guards and other new security measures that some parents and students worried would not be enough.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, doubled its campus security detail to 18, including three armed uniformed sheriff’s deputies. The school’s 3,300 students wore new identification badges as they funneled through three entrances at the sprawling 45-acre campus.  

During the school year, only one heavily monitored entrance will allow visitors on campus.

“I know the extra security is necessary, but it makes you know that your school isn’t normal,” Nariah Depina, a 15-year-old sophomore, said as she arrived for the first day of class.

School administrators considered and then opted against requiring students to use see-through backpacks or installing metal detectors, finding it would be too difficult to screen all students each morning before class.

On Feb. 14, in the third deadliest shooting by a single gunman at a U.S. school, police say Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire on teenagers and teachers with an assault-style weapon. Cruz, who had been expelled from Stoneman Douglas, is awaiting trial on 17 counts of first-degree murder.

The latest outburst of violence in a decades-long series of shootings at U.S. schools and colleges prompted Stoneman Douglas students to help form a nationwide youth-led gun control movement. The U.S. House of Representatives did not tighten gun laws but did approve more spending for school security.

Broward County schools Superintendent Robert Runcie defended the security decisions, including the lack of metal detectors, from criticism by parents and some school board members, but acknowledged that anxieties remained high.

In addition to more security personnel, including the number of armed law enforcement officers increased to three from one, students were greeted with classroom doors that lock automatically.

There are also new gates and fences on the campus. The building where most of the killing occurred is fenced-off, replaced by 32 temporary structures housing classrooms, restrooms and administrative offices.

The county school board in April rejected funding from a new state program intended to arm teachers.

Runcie told reporters that checking student backpacks and the newly required identification cards did not create significant delays. Most students expressed confidence that the school was as secure as possible.

Sophomore Orion Jean, 15, said he was not concerned about the lack of metal detectors, which he believed would only “keep honest people honest.”

Anyone intent on killing would still “find a way to do it,” he said.

Anthony Erale, 16, a junior who plays on the football team, said he did not think all the security was necessary.

“We already had our tragedy,” he said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-guns-florida-security/florida-school-opens-for-class-with-new-security-after-massacre-idUSKBN1L00ZD

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8 Responses to Florida school opens for class with new security after massacre

  1. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “I know the extra security is necessary, but it makes you know that your school isn’t normal,” Nariah Depina, a 15-year-old sophomore,..”

    Poor, indoctrinated thing.

    Dear, your schools have NEVER been normal, not since being co-opted by the commies many decades ago.

    “… students were greeted with classroom doors that lock automatically.”

    Which will double as holding cells once the SHTF.

    “There are also new gates and fences on the campus.”

    The entire school will serve as a holding compound.

    “The building where most of the killing occurred is fenced-off,…”

    Killing? What killing? Got proof???

    ‘CAUSE WE DON’T!!!

    • Katie says:

      Oh yeah! #1 great comment!

      • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

        Thanks, Katie.

        Don’t know how I missed this one the other day, musta been too stoned.

        Wait a minute… I’m always too stoned (I have an oil cartridge now that’s 93.2% THC – it’s wicked good. In fact, I’m going to take a hit right after this comment 🙂 )

        Goes with the territory these days.

  2. jack says:

    Schools slowly being turned into prisons .

    • 'ol stewbum says:

      Appears fast, in my old age anyway. I wouldn’ta thought any of this horseshit would happen in my lifespan, but it has.
      Now, my alma mater, Lockport Senior High School, will be deploying the Aegis facial recognition system in the school to watch for baddies in the hallways. First installation in the country. How exiting! That is not misspelled, by the way.
      My sister now works at that very school, and is none too happy, especially since it is taxpayer funded.
      Funny how many people are more concerned with the money than say, the Bill of Rights violations, for one example!
      We so skrood!

  3. Enemy of the State says:

    None of this will stop a dam thing
    It’s just to make someone a pile of cash

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