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Martinez Schools Lock Classroom Doors

The district is implementing a series of safety measures in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Classroom doors will now be locked during the day in all Martinez Unified School District schools, one of several measures being enacted as a result of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December.

MUSD Superintendent Rami Muth said that the locked-door policy is one result of a meeting between the district and the Martinez police to review ways to make campuses safer.

“We realize that some of these changes may be inconvenient,” Muth said, “but we feel that these recommendations will help to increase the level of safety and security on our campuses.”

Doors will be locked during all class times, except for multi-use rooms and the library, she said.

“We recognize that a locked door is not going to prevent violence in our schools,” Muth said. “The police department discussed with us ways to slow or stop an intruder on campus, and a locked door is one method of doing so. School safety is a complex issue and we are looking at many different vantage points in addressing some of the concerns that have been raised as a result of the Sandy Hook tragedy.”

Other steps the district is taking include:

Reviewing emergency response plans and rehearsing them with staff and students, including drills at the end of January;

Requiring every visitor to sign in at the office and wear a visitor’s pass.

She said the district will also reprioritize some projects planned with Measure K funds to consider the purchase of security cameras and special locks. The police department also hopes to reinstate the school safety officer in the near future.

Do you think locked classroom doors are a good safety measure? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Dive Turn Work January 12, 2013 at 01:37 PM
So much stupidity all rolled up into one comment. How convenient.
Dive Turn Work January 12, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Do try to remember that there's a difference between criticizing a comment and criticizing a person individually. But, considering how poorly and inconsistently Patch moderates its comments the acceptable standards are a moving target.
Josh Goldman January 12, 2013 at 04:21 PM
The type of person who would be chosen to carry a gun on school grounds: 1. Former gun carrying past (ex-military, ex-cop, ex-security, hunters, etc.) 2. Complete background check 3. Must pass a written and shooting test after being trained 4. Must pass a shooting test every 6 months 5. Must carry gun at all times on their body, preferably undercover
Josh Goldman January 12, 2013 at 04:28 PM
There was just another event yesterday where a kid brought a shotgun to school, intending to murder other kids. Luckily, a "silver-tongued" teacher was able to talk the student out of it. Of course, every teacher should try to talk the killer out of it, if applicable. But what if there is to chance to have a nice heart to heart chat? What if the killer barges in and in seconds is firing everywhere? Someone must be there to stop the killer in his tracks and now allow him to continue his killing spree. Arm 2-3 teachers. Some schools have already taken action to protect their children. Other more liberal schools who hate everything about the NRA (it's their lifelong war against them) will use this school issue to further their political agenda at the expense of children's lives. If I were a parent coming in to a new school district, I would look for the most secure campus to ensure the safety of my child. Private schools are well aware of this fact as they have much tighter security than public schools. Just look at all the school shootings. Were they at public or private schools? The killer will always choose a soft easy target in which she will be successful in her murders.
Frank Kastl February 22, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Having a closed campus is always needed and there should be a security camera system at entrances with someone trained on monitiring it while school is in session. Since Martinez Adult School conducts the Reserve Police Officer Academy, perhaps some of the students would be good candidates to man the cameras as they continue to learn more about the police system and eventually become reserve police officers. They would be a sort of non-contact security officer where they could observe and report to others, such as the police. Perhaps it is something that can be woven into the Police Courses for students of the police program for credit and practical experience. And of course, simply having the video cameras may be some sort of deterrant alone. But simply having the trained eye checking things is a big step over most schools. Heck- there may even be a grant available.

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