Monday, February 12, 2007
I sometimes use the bathroom in my trailer between classes. When you teach 4 classes in a row and you are out there, it is a necessity. Today, while I was in there I heard a knock on the door. Finishing up, I opened the door to see a strange man in the room. At first I thought he must be part of the custodial staff. When I asked him if I could help him, he replied "I need to use the bathroom" and went in. He came out in a few minutes, said, "I see you are busy" (my class had arrived) and left.
While I didn't react when the kids were there, I was really shaken up and went to the head of security as soon as the class was over. If this man could just walk in from the outside, anyone can just walk in. Suppose he had a gun or a knife? He could have robbed or assaulted one or all of us.
The AP of security was clearly taken aback by this incident. He called in the head of the security guards and I told him what had happened and I wrote it up. He promised to have someone outside tomorrow during that time.
I kept insisting that the old man that came in the room wasn't the problem. The problem was that anyone can just walk in whenever they want. There is no security by the trailers and we are located by an open gate off the main street. I was told that there was no money for full time security out there. The school knows this is a problem and it will be looked into. So much for children and safety first. I know the issue is being brought to the attention of our chapter chairman. Maybe he can get something done.
And of course, the teachers are blamed for leaving the trailers unlocked. Kids do have to enter and exit between periods so that will not solve the problem. My trailer's door does not close properly. I've reported it a few times but it has not been fixed. The AP security called it into the custodian while I was sitting there but, he insisted on saying the lock doesn't work (not true--the lock works fine once the door is closed). So now, the custodian will check the door and once again say that there is nothing wrong with it.
I always thought children were the most precious things around. Gold and money gets better protection than they do in my school.