Ladue School District Looking To Improve Security At Schools

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LADUE, MO (KTVI) – In the wake of the Newtown school shootings, local districts are looking at ways to improve on their security systems and keep students safe.

In the Ladue School District, school leaders and law enforcement are brainstorming some suggestions that may have seemed overboard in the past, but after Sandy Hook, may be necessary.

Ladue Acting Superintendent Judy Sclair explains, “It’s a very sobering and frightening time, because while we prepare and we know this happen in our own house, our own schoolhouse, so to speak, you never think it will. And this hit a little too close to home.”

That’s why she feels new security measures, on top of those already in place, are essential.

The preliminary list of ideas include finding better ways to identify students with mental illnesses, fencing in school property and putting more school resource officers in the buildings.

Sclair adds, “Would it be a good idea to make some of our schools a substation for police departments?  Those are just a few of the things we generated.”

Some of these ideas can be worked into the school system’s security budget, but others would mean reallocating funds.  School authorities may hire a security consulting firm to make the process a bit easier.

The superintendent hopes to have some of these ideas up and running by the spring.

Still, not all parents feel heightening school security is the answer.  Parent Matthew McLendon explains, “I don’t think that security is necessarily the problem. I think that the root of the matter is the proliferation of arms in our society.”

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