More school security a necessary change

Kali Ray, Reporter

“School” is a word that conjures ideas of learning and safety.

“Terrorism” is a word that should only be used in social studies classes, not by parents worried about their children’s safety at school.

However, that is the age we live in. Society needs to adapt to the fact.

More security is needed, just in case of the unlikely.

Quite frankly, more security has been needed for a long time now.

Even without the threat of Daesh in the United States, school shootings are becoming more and more frequent.

(Daesh is another term for the terrorist group ISIS.

The term Daesh is currently used mostly by European countries and is considered a derogatory term for the terrorist group.)

But maybe Daesh’s presence will be what convinces school districts of this necessary change.

There are schools in Georgia that have begun to run drills with terrorists in mind.

To create a realistic feeling, masked men go around the school with fake guns and students even barricade doors or try to get away.

Schools in Shawnee have started new security protocols in an effort to keep students safe, and it only seems logical that the Olathe School District examine the security protocols as well.

They’ve started requiring photo ID’s for visitors and security cameras have been placed around the building.

They are also asking students to report any suspicious behavior they observe.

After the attacks in Paris, the government began handing out pamphlets explaining to citizens what to do if they find themselves in the midst of a terrorist attack.

Some say that terrorist groups (such as Daesh) can only terrorize us if we let them, and while this may be true, it shouldn’t stop us from doing what’s best to keep students safe.

There is a difference between being defiant and being careless.

According to ShootingTracker, in 2015 there were more than 350 mass shootings.

A mass shooting is a shooting in which four or more people are killed or injured.

That is at least 1,400 people injured or killed due to shootings. Schools are considered soft targets because they are relatively unprotected or vulnerable places.

Exactly the kind of place Daesh will want to plan attacks.

By adding more security to schools, the district is not cowering in fear.

In fact, it is very unlikely the school will be under terrorist threat, but if the situation does arise, it is much better to be prepared.