Motivated by the influx of emergency situations at schools across the world, Mr. Franks’ College Bound Class decided to contribute to keeping East Hamilton a safer place for students, staff, and visitors. While noticing that our current safety manual is almost nonexistent, the juniors decided that something needed to be done so that anyone attending East Hamilton could be well prepared no matter what situation comes this way. Five juniors in Mr. Franks’ class were interviewed for their ideas that they hope to put in place in the new manual.
Rachel Truex wants the new manual to be accessible to all students with adjustments to our intruder, fire, and tornado alerts/drills. She strongly believes that safety needs to be a priority in our school, especially since the Parkland shooting was the last straw for her.
While interviewing Gracie Vogel, I found out the strong concerns our students have about the current safety manual. She proposes that we should have more SROs, drills, and adult presence in the building. With a stronger safety process and increased surveillance, she believes that it will be harder for intruders to accomplish what they want, as well as any mistakes during a fire or tornado.
Merrell Irion said that when Mr. Franks proposed the idea of a new manual, the class believed that it was a really good idea. That schools need proper safety measures for all crisis. There is talk about maybe instituting a school safety committee and deciding which administrators would be on it and if students should be included as well. She believes that we need clearer guidelines that are practiced and rehearsed to a science.
Miller Wick and Harrison Davis said that they have noticed around the country that there were a lot of safety issues. “We want to see a difference, and someone needs to step up.” They say they want a more defined system that will last longer and be more effective. By educating people on what to do in certain situations, they believe our school will be safer.
It has become obvious that our current manual is not sufficient and we need to change it. That is exactly what Mr. Franks’ class is striving to do. Let us support them and make East Hamilton a safer environment to learn in.
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