- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Jackson elementary students try to help others with 'kindness boxes' (11/6/17)1
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Search reveals body in lake near Poplar Bluff; foul play suspected (11/12/17)
School security measures
After the tragedy that happened Friday in Connecticut, I got to thinking how unsecure our schools are in this area.
I have taken lunch money, books, etc. to my grandkids in Jackson schools. I have been in a grade school, middle school and junior high school. In grade school, I walk right in and a sign tells me to go to the office. In the middle school and junior high, I walk right into the lobby and am told to go to the office by a sign. The only difference is that in middle and junior high, I walk up to a window and they shove the window back and ask me what I want. In grade school, I walk right into the office and sometimes there has been no one there.
Now, if I had a gun hidden on my person and intended to do something horrible, would I follow the sign and go to the office? I would have plenty of time to walk down any of the halls.
We pay enough Jackson school tax to have secure schools. What needs to be done is: 1) Doors locked and you answer a buzzer. 2) There is a password asked that only you and your child/grandchild know and it is recorded in the computer. 3) A security guard meets you at the door and escorts you in. A security guard with a gun, no Taser or pepper spray. Had these been employed in Connecticut, the day might have been different.
PAM KELSO, Jackson