Just a few days after the second blog post pointing out the major security breach at Estancia High, this one,

EHS Entrance 2

the word trickled down from on high and the door is now shut tight. As it should be.

Great, yes? It would be, except that the result is the equivalent of squeezing a balloon: The security is now tight at this door, but it is laughable elsewhere on campus.

The district’s answer to ending this trash can security problem is to open up another door on campus that is not visible from the street, as you can see in this image:

EHS Security 3

Yep – Walk just a few yards around the corner from the trash can door and you will find an even worse security lapse: A wide open door leading to the Commons section on campus, with no scrutiny or screening, no nuthin’.

Any shooter planning an attack – and they always plan in advance – could enter this area, or another on campus, stash his or her arsenal, and wait until the day.

Oh, and in case you’re not aware, the Commons is where dozens of kids gather each school day to eat lunch, swap apps, talk, etc. In other words, lots of kinds concentrated in one area. Just sayin’…

This is yet another example of the low bar that has been set at the district thanks to  rubber-stamping trustees who repeatedly fail to ask the right questions of the administration, who fail to hold anyone – including themselves – accountable for anything, and who fail to fully comprehend the scope of their responsibilities.

It’s also another example of why we need four new trustees elected this fall, not just replacements for the two who are not running.

After academic performance, there is no issue more important than campus safety and security. The case can even be made that it is more important than academic performance. Yet, the district is late to the party and cannot get past just a proposal for a bunch of feel-good, immediate gratification products that provide the illusion that staff and students will be protected from a shooter.

I’ve outlined what they should be doing in addition to the gizmos, but the district is no different than most people and they gravitate toward the easiest possible remedy.

Putting up fences, installing metal detectors, and forcing everyone to wear badges is easy.  A comprehensive, long-term strategy is hard.

Vote for four new trustees this fall. Without them, look for more trash cans as door stops.

Steve Smith