Posted: Jan 22, 2013 5:35 PM by Jessica Holley - email@example.com
Updated: Jan 22, 2013 11:17 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Recent school violence has encouraged many schools across the country to rethink security measures for students. The Tuloso - Midway School District already had a plan in the works to spend half a million dollars on its schools, to beef up it's security even before the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.
"A good portion of that was going to upgrading security cameras,"says Dr. Suzanne Nelson, Interim Superintendent.
According to Dr. Nelson, the cameras and things like key-less entry doors will provide students and faculty more protection from intruders, as well as help to cut down on vandalism and burglaries.
Once all the school security updates are complete, visitors will have to be buzzed in by the office to enter in to the part of the building where students and teachers are located.
The district's middle school will be seeing the most updates, and school principal Thomas Walker says safety should be a guaranteed thing when at school.
"Safety is first and foremost and people have a hard time doing the job and learning. Student's can't learn, teachers can't teach if they are worried about their safety," says Walker.
In addition to the increased security measures, all campuses now have an armed officer patrolling the hallway. Dr. Nelson says this decision was made immediately after the Newtown school shooting. And while talk in Texas swirls about teachers having concealed handgun licenses, Dr. Nelson says there is no plan in place at the moment for her teachers to have guns in the classroom.
"Right now we are a weapons free zone, but I think it's something all school districts will have to entertain the thought," says Dr. Nelson.
Dr. Nelson is glad the district is fortunate to have the resources to make the needed updates. She predicts the security upgrades will be in place by July.
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