A new line of defense: School adds extra safety, monitor at main entrance

Permanent substitute David Parker signs in a parent at the main entrance. (Photo by Kevin Killeen)

Permanent substitute David Parker signs in a parent at the main entrance. (Photo by Kevin Killeen)

Kevin Killeen and Phil Solari
Killeen.Kevin@wgecho.org and Solari.Phil@wgecho.org

Since the school shooting at Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, Webster Groves high school has expressed a new level of dedication to the security of it’s students and faculty.

“In the past we’ve been a pretty open campus, but that’s changed now,” said school police officer Erich Weimer.

Along with introducing the active shooter plan, “ALICE,” and putting the doors on a new computer system, administrators have also stationed a permanent sub at the Senior Entrance (the only entrance kept unlocked) and are considering a program that will notify Weimer whenever doors open and close.

“The frequency of school shootings, and the Sandy Hook tragedy played a large role in changing some of the security measures around the school,” said Weimer.

“We can monitor the building better and know who’s in the building,” said assistant principal John Raimondo. “It could also help prevent an active shooter, but I still feel that the active shooter drills the students practice are the most important thing.”



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