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Parents Voice Concerns At Monroe County School Safety Forum

MCCSC officials said they wanted parents’ input on the district’s security measures because of the Newtown shooting last December.

Edgewood High School security camera in main office.

Photo: Bill Shaw

Edgewood High School security camera in main office.

More than 50 School leaders, parents, and community members met at Jackson Creek Middle School in Bloomington Monday night to discuss school safety standards during a forum hosted by the Monroe County Community School Corporation. MCCSC officials said they wanted parents’ input on the district’s security measures because of the Newtown shooting last December.

All Monroe County schools are equipped with a buzzer system. When someone arrives at a school he or she must first buzz in, report to a secretary, and get a nametag before entering.

Pam Bessler, who has two children in Monroe County schools, says that system is working, even though she was initially skeptical.

“Well I thought this is gonna be kind of a pain to do and why do we need that here? You know, this is not a problem here in Bloomington and then, of course, lo and behold, this school shooting happens,” she says.

She says she believes the buzzer system makes her children much safer.

But parent Jason Partridge says he does not think the system provides enough security.

“From what I have seen here, in Monroe County, are very big on passive security measures. To be completely political incorrect, very “feel good” measures. Oh we are going to put buzzers on the door? That’s great. I can go through that door in less than a second”.

Director of School and Community Services Beverly Smith the major themes were reminding students to report anything abnormal and the importance having a balanced approach to school safety.

“Our parents really do enjoy our school environment and they want to make sure that the children are not only safe, but they feel comfortable in any of our procedures that we put forth,” she says.

Smith adds the district is trying to keep an environment that‘s welcoming but also stay vigilant in its safety practices.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

  • Anon

    It’s understandable that schools have to adapt after the tragedy, but I can’t help but feel all these security measures will take away from the school environment.

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