Story by Warner Otto, Photo by Christian Banks

It has only been a month into the new year, and there have already been 11 school shootings across the United States. Schools have to worry about how to keep students safe during school. A few months ago, a student at school was in possession of a gun, but no one ended up getting hurt. Schools take certain measures to make sure students and faculty feel safe at school.

“I think that people need to recognize who the shooters are and why they shot the people they did,” sophomore Maya Fanning said. “They also need to recognize what would happen if a person of color did the same thing.”

Schools have police officers on campus to ensure the safety of students and faculty. These officers know what to do in situations like if a shooter comes on school grounds.

“I don’t like it, it’s a shame we live in a society where a threat of school violence is so prevalent,” Powers said. I like my role here at Dutch Fork as if something were to happen that I would be able to reason and hopefully minimize the damage.

Schools take measures to keep the students and faculty inside schools safe. But there’s nothing wrong with taking extra measure to ensure safety.

“There should be either metal detectors or procedures for when someone is attacking a class or someone else,” Maya said. There should also be more than 1 or 2 policemen around the school.”

Be aware of what’s going on around you, and warn an adult if you detect anything suspicious going on. It’s important that if you feel something you hear or see doesn’t seem right, you report the situation to an adult immediately.

“Continue to be nosey without violating the privacy rights, for example, suspicious behavior, threats or rumors,” Powers said.

These school shootings that have happened are very serious and terrifying situations, so being prepared is very important. According to Powers, school violence is a real-life threat that we live without the help of everyone its results could be catastrophic. As the resource officer Powers needs all the help he can get from students and faculty to keep the school safe.

Every year, school shootings happen more frequently and it’s a part of the world we live in. But working together towards common goals, like keeping students and faculty safe, can benefit everyone and help ensure safety.

“I don’t like it [school shootings], it’s a shame we live in a society where a threat of school violence is so prevalent,” Powers said. “I like my role here at Dutch Fork as if something were to happen that I would be able to reason and hopefully minimize the damage.”