Lots of Unanswered Questions When Discussing School Security Issues
- By Ginger Hill
- Mar 12, 2013
It seems that America is on high-alert when it comes to school and campus security with many schools, colleges and universities taking drastic measures to improve the safety and security for students, faculty and staff. I’m bombarded daily with article after article of what a certain school has done to increase their security measures, which I believe is the perfect response to all the school tragedies that American schools have endured over the recent years. However, when I receive news like I am about to share with you, I get extremely frustrated as I ponder about one unanswered question, “How?”
Early Friday morning, around 1:45am, three men and two guns not only got past the on-duty security official but managed to somehow breach the key card system that is required to enter into Kutztown University’s dormitory. (Hence, my question, “How?”)
Once inside the men knocked on one of the resident’s doors, and when the student opened the door to his dorm room, the assailants, dressed head-to-toe in black, forced their way inside. The men proceeded to search the room, strike one of the students and flee, without taking a single item.
Matt Santos, a Kutztown University spokesman told NBC, “These individuals bullied their way in and made their way to this particular room. It was definitely a breach of security.”
To which I immediately reply with, “Duh!? Now, what is the university going to do to enhance the security and safety of its campus, students, faculty and staff? How did the men get past not one but two layers of security? Who were the men that participated in this incident? Why did this happen in the first place? What is the university’s plan moving forward?”
(Of course, no answer is given as I am shouting at my computer screen.)
Fortunately, this incident did not result in any fatalities or major injuries, but if three men could stroll past a security guard and somehow alter the key card system, allowing them entrance, there’s no telling what could happen next.
In the meantime, officials are left to put the pieces of this incident together to solve yet another campus security breach.
Ginger Hill is Group Social Media Manager.