Parents Advocate for School Safety Improvements Part 1: Security

Updated: September 11, 2018 11:33 AM

After the latest school shooting at Parkland, Florida, many parents have expressed concerns that not enough is being done to keep kids safe in schools. One group of parents here in the Northland is coming together to advocate for changes at schools.

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Stacey Hayes and her husband have multiple kids that attend school in Duluth. They, along with a few of their friends have started a group on Facebook called the "School SAFETY Committee." Right now, there are over 100 members. The purpose is to work with the Duluth School Board to have meetings and try to make a change.

"We united and we all have the same concerns and wanted to see the same thing happen," Hayes says. "and (we) are concerned about the doors that are off the office to the classrooms that are being propped open, having magnets in the doors not being locked, so we're not feeling that our kids are safe."

Hayes, along with Michelle Buhler, who is also part of the group, stopped by GMN Thursday to talk more about what kind of changes they want. Both agree that safety standards aren't going to change and that certain events could have been different, had changes been made before other incidents that have already happened.

"We'd like to see the security improved," Hayes says. "We were really excited that Denfeld had put in a transaction window and that's been working for them."

A transaction window one that allows for transfers between faculty and others, with a secured barrier in between them.

She explains the group would like to see them installed in other schools around the area.

On the subject of mental health, Buhler suggests a money-saving solution that involves schools working with medical professionals.

"I would really like to see a partnership develop... Where we can have a sliding scale fee, ways to help parents, not only to have the care, but be able to afford it so that are able to help our students before they end up in a situation where they're in such crisis."

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