Security Changes at Red Hill Junior – Senior High School Are a Result of the Sandy Hook School Shooting
Schools in Bridgeport, Illinois aren’t taking any chances
When students return to class at Red Hill Junior and Senior High School Friday, they’ll notice some security changes. Mostly – that the doors to their school will be locked until 7:30 a.m. each and every morning.
Its all part of keeping them safe. Mr. Matt Seaton, Superintendent of Schools, tells Hometown News and Media, its part of the conversation that got started after the killing of 27 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary, December 14, 2012. Teachers and staff opened up about what they felt could be putting students and themselves at risk. Among those topics was the way the school and its students were unlocked and vulnerable every morning.
Until now, the janitor would come in and unlock the doors as he made his rounds, leaving the doors unsupervised. Those days are gone. Now, all of the doors will be locked until 7:30am, just as school breakfast is being served and 30 minutes before the bell rings for the first class of the day.
Other security measures are being put in place at Red Hill as well. Teachers are now checking all interior locks and alerting the superintendent to anything they feel should be addressed.