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    Filed at 8:59 pm under by dcobranchi

    The inmates students are getting restless.

    Melissa Scott said she can’t go to the bathroom at school without teachers or administrators asking to see her hall pass.

    So the Glasgow High School junior isn’t too happy about a new Christina School District security plan she thinks will lead to more requests to see her hall pass from even more people.

    “It’s already like we’re under constant surveillance,” said Scott, who understands school officials are concerned about student safety but thinks this solution is at the expense of her freedom. “If the teacher doesn’t give you a pass, you can’t get anywhere. It’s difficult to get around the building.”

    …”If students know that we are watching, they are going to be less apt to act out,” said Rich Strickland, director of the district’s new Office of Safety and Security. “We are taking control and being proactive. You can’t have a student population of 1,500 and expect everybody to get along. It’s not reasonable.”

    Sounds eminently sensible to me. In fact, I think we’ll institute a “hall pass” program at our home. Bathroom breaks will be strictly monitored. After all, we can’t have kids wandering around the house unsupervised.

    3 Responses to “LOCAL PRISON SCHOOL STORY”

    Comment by
    December 25th, 2004
    at 9:12 pm

    Part of the problem might be having 1500 students…

    I know I couldn’t get along with another 1499 people my own age – without taking into acount teachers etc. Too many people, too many who I’m sure not to “gel” with. And I can only be polite to so many people…

    If schools were smaller then they probably wouldn’t be so bad. You might actually know some of the people in your classes…

    But even if the school was smaller than 100 students, I’d still homeschool, especially in the vital earlier grades.

    Comment by
    December 25th, 2004
    at 10:21 pm

    I went to a high school with 1500 students and we didn’t have any problems. That was in the early 80’s though.

    Comment by
    January 3rd, 2005
    at 1:33 pm

    I went to a high school with ~3,000 students from 95-99. We never had anything even remotely that restrictive. There were always several kids wandering the campus for no apparent reason at any given point in the day, but no real problems ever arose from it. The worst that ever happened while I was there was some petty theft from purses left in unlocked classrooms. Restrictive hall pass policies might stop some of it, but any thief with an ounce of intelligence and determination will manage in spite of it. They might actually do better – cuts down on the competition =).