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Differs on idea of locking outside doors at schools
Suggests organized Run for Cover might give better chance for survival: I simply feel that locking unarmed, defenseless students and staff in a facility when these tragic events are unfolding, may not be the best defense. I hope this opinion is not offensive. I just want folks to have a 'fighting chance' to escape these terrible situations. MIKE NEWTON
Comments re article 56465 John Adair Intermediate reviews improves student safety
By Mike Newton
Thanks to Robbie Harmon and Kim Goodin for addressing the safety/security issues for the school system. It sends a strong caring message.
I would like to see all school systems evaluate their evacuation/lockdown procedures, just to confirm that it is well thought out in regard to different situations. Unfortunately the dangerous situations that could occur are so different, that a lockdown/evacuation procedure may need to differ depending on circumstance.
I still have a hard time remembering the folks in the World Trade Center being told to "go back up" to their work stations, when they were halfway out of the building. I am of strong opinion that is is easier to shoot a bird from a wire, than on the wing.
In wake of the terrible event in Connecticut or the Virginia Tech incident it might be OK to take a organized run for cover evacuation plan other than be the sacrificial lamb.
I fully realize that the teachers and administrators of our schools would sacrifice themselves to protect their students.
I simply feel that locking unarmed, defenseless students and staff in a facility when these tragic events are unfolding, may not be the best defense. I hope this opinion is not offensive. I just want folks to have a "fighting chance" to escape these terrible situations. - Mike Newton
The writer of this article is highly involved in safety and security issues of school campus buildings as Director of Plant Operations at Lindsey Wilson College, overseeing some 70 facilities. - CM
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