School Fortunate to Have Armed Security Personnel
Story by: Jesus Rivera
Twenty-six lives are now gone. Twenty of them young elementary-aged children and six adults, after a tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
From that day on, I am sure many of our readers were thinking, What if this happened to me? What if this happened at my school? Am I safe today?
Let me assure you that indeed you are safe here at South High School. Emergency plans were put in place many years ago to ensure student and faculty safety.
South High is locked down during the day with only two points of entry (main front entrance and the commons). South High has two highly trained armed professionals who monitor the building, a police force that regularly uses schools to train for these situations, a staff that is committed to keeping students safe, and overall a safe community.
Those two highly trained professionals are our very own Officer Tim Eirich and Officer Andy Kundinger, who both have SWAT Training and experience. Principal Michael Trimberger said, “It is this expertise we are using to ensure that our practices keep everyone at SHS safe.”
Trimberger points out that when events like this happen, “many will overreact and call for changes.”
I am sure that many of you can relate. But on a positive note, a new state law will require schools to practice lockdown procedures, starting for us at the beginning of second semester.
I would like to end this with an excerpt from an email I received from Principal Trimberger. “Events like this have an impact on everyone. When events like this happen in a school it causes a ripple effect that can be both positive and negative.”
“On a negative note, many will overreact and call for changes that are not appropriate, point fingers, cause undue anxiety.”
“On a positive note, it gives schools an opportunity to look at procedures and practices to ensure that they are prepared for the unthinkable. It also allows us to recognize that we are prepared and will do everything possible to make South High School safe,” Trimberger added.