By Pam VanOss
To whom it may concern –
Last week I attended an event at one of our local Door County schools. To my surprise, I walked right up to an open door, entered without any question, paid for attendance, and proceeded into the auditorium.
My surprise was due to the fact that there was no sign of any type of security for this open door with many people entering the school. I am a member of the Security Team at my church and, additionally, I am assisting in the development of a full Safety and Security Plan for our church. I have done considerable research into church and school security. One of the top reasons for disruptive or violent acts at a school or church is because of domestic problems. I am sure that there are many types of unhappy family situations in the Door County area. It is so important to have, minimally, a person who is watching the demeanor, behavior, dress, etc of people entering a school building. Something in these areas that “doesn’t look right” is a good indicator of agitation and anger. Even a single “guard” can alert staff and authorities of possible problems.
Thinking that our community is immune to the types of violence that have happened in other areas of our country is only wishful thinking. I hope that the next time I attend an event at school that I will see visible evidence of someone safeguarding the children and the school.