School Security: A Hot Topic

Courtesy Parkland School Security

By: Luke Updyke/Photojournalist

As many already know, the effort of school security has become a nationwide priority. Even though it has always been of utmost importance for our students to be safe, it is most certainly a trending topic now. Organizations such as the SIA (Security Industry Association) are working hard to improve the security conditions in public schools across the nation. According to their website,  securityindustry.org, “About 50 million students attend 100,000 public schools in the United States, and the Security Industry Association is dedicated to working to enhance the safety and security of those facilities.” This most certainly is no easy task, but a massive country-wide effort is underway.

In terms of our (Blue Ridge’s) students, the district Board of Education is taking on all they can in order to ensure their safety and security. A new security budget is being apportioned to try and fund the recent desires of the community to keep students (and faculty alike) safe. Many students feel the steps their superiors are making are strides in the correct direction.

Senior Delia Geyer says she “believes the board is doing a good job,” and believes it is “important for these things to be a priority.”

Whether you agree with Geyer or not, it is evident that a change is coming. Schools across the nation are replacing older flaws and habits with new and improved fixes and corrections of ideas. As the United States grows, so will it’s needs for security and danger containment.

Luke Updyke is a senior at Blue Ridge High School and strives to do something new every single day. He enjoys creating music and pushes himself to do the best he can in all he does.