- Jackson man to cast electoral vote for Trump; others trying to dissuade him (11/29/16)51
- Man killed by vehicle had been charged with domestic assault (11/30/16)
- Hotel chain president: City should regulate short-term lodging (11/27/16)16
- Former Cape council member dies, remembered as 'wonderful public servant' (11/29/16)1
- Woman accused in three robberies disguised herself as man (11/29/16)5
- Thankful people: Marble Hill woman been through much and remains thankful (11/24/16)
- Officers: Delta man dies during domestic dispute (11/28/16)1
- Business notebook: New store shows faith in Scott City district (11/28/16)
- Missouri chamber to honor Cape's John Mehner (11/30/16)5
- Light Christmas: Thousands gather to view Parade of Lights (11/28/16)5
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