A $10 million renovation recently completed at Edgewood High School includes funneling anyone who visits the building through a series of security measures and into the main office before entering the school. Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Shelia Wright says the new surveillance equipment makes the students feel safer, but says she’s had students seem more concerned about their school’s security since last week’s shooting.
“They’re saddened by it,” Wright says. “I teach child development and parenting, and I did have some students say that it was really hard to watch and seeing them talk about young children that had perished.”
Edgewood Principal Dirk Ackerman says while he thinks there’s a strong security system in place, more training must be done so students understand safety drills.
“You can only do your best to plan and to get as many people into safety as possible,” Ackerman says. “If you’ve got any kind of incident, and you really can’t go into fine details because you don’t know what the fine details are.”
In the wake of the events in Newtown, Ackerman says Edgewood will spend this week working on its safety drills.