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2012-12-26 at NOON

Securing schools

By Jeff Labine,
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THUNDER BAY -- The city’s public school board hopes it can take advantage of provincial funding to further secure it’s elementary schools.

The announcement comes in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty also announced a locked-door policy, which calls for having all doors locked while children are in classes.

“When parents send their kids off to school they are putting their trust in us, and we have to get it right,” McGuinty said in a news release issued media. “That’s why our government is committed to providing safe, welcoming places to learn for all our kids. It’s up to us to take all reasonable steps available to us to protect our kids. Locking school doors is a reasonable step.”

Applications for funding will go on through January with the plan to have everything installed by the fall.

Charles Bishop, education officers with Lakehead Public Schools, said they plan to take full advantage of the funding to improve their schools safety.

“I think what happened in Newtown was the motivation for McGuinty and the Minister of Education to make this announcement,” Bishop said. “I think it makes good sense in light of that. Anything that will give us an opportunity to make our schools safer is a good thing.”

Elementary schools with the public board are locked with the only exception being the front door. High schools on the other hand have security cameras and most have their doors open during the day.

Bishop said high schools are open while community groups are using the facility.

If Lakehead is selected to receive the funding, he said they will have to go through each school and prioritize which one needs a boost to their security.

“I think this is a great idea,” he said. “Any time we get an opportunity from the ministry to provide funding for us to make our schools safer and comes up with ways to do that, I think is great.”

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MIZ says:
How about securing the teachers with a new contract from the stingy government??
12/26/2012 12:28:56 PM
MIZ says:
Its a shame that the government is messing with the teachers because if this happens in Canada, its the teachers out first..... its a shame but its also reality
12/26/2012 12:30:04 PM
buddyanon says:
i'm so glad i am not in school anymore... its sad that events in the states have so much effect on us here in Canada. First its locking doors, then police in schools, then what? tanks at every school? There has to be a point where the government realizes that they are throwing money at the wrong thing and start funding mental health and addiction services.
12/26/2012 12:36:01 PM
iceman says:
You can button down the schools and give you a false sense of security. But if some crazy guy wants to kill kids, he will. Money would be better spent getting the crazy people help they need
12/26/2012 12:41:37 PM
The Beaver..... says:
McGuinty said we have to get it there is one for you
12/26/2012 1:33:56 PM
ranma says:
So if a fire breaks out in the school, what do all these kids burn to death because the teachers who have the keys aren't near the exits? Yeah real smart.

Unless of course the doors will only open from the inside. The fear mongering is strong with this administration!
12/26/2012 2:47:54 PM
redwingsfan says:
Of course they all open from the inside. What a dumb comment.
12/26/2012 5:25:15 PM
Baor says:
Oh man, really? Stop, think, post.
12/26/2012 8:47:44 PM
Glyder says:
Ok, dumbest comment ever. Of course the doors will open from the inside.

Go drink some more eggnog and think before you post again.
12/27/2012 8:47:46 AM
beached says:
So if a crazy comes to the front door with a high powered rifle and hand guns. Who is going to stop him(most likely a him) at the front door?
12/26/2012 9:24:53 PM
humnchuck says:
Good question, beached. The office staff and Principal, I guess.

The other factor here is that many schools open up a number of other external access doors early in the day and at the end of the day to make it easier for everyone to come and go. Is part of the plan going forward to stop that practice? Or ensure those doors get locked right away once everyone's in? That's not always the case currently.
12/27/2012 11:44:41 AM
peas08 says:
Will somebody be at the front door? If not it makes no sense. An open door where ever it is is still an open door.
12/27/2012 10:09:45 AM
trent says:
Knee > Jerk reaction. We don't live in Colorado and we don't have a gun problem. And if someone really wanted to cause trouble I don't think a locked door will stop them.
12/27/2012 1:15:57 PM
advocate says:
this will no protect the NorWesters
12/27/2012 2:06:02 PM
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