- Golden Corral coming to Cape; may hire 100 workers (7/21/16)9
- Arrest warrants filed for six drug suspects in Cape (7/19/16)6
- Area groups working together to reintroduce elk in Missouri (7/18/16)1
- Suspect in downtown Cape shooting ID'd in court (7/20/16)2
- Prosecutor says shooting by state trooper was justified (7/24/16)15
- Hastings in Cape closing (7/22/16)5
- Governor signs Rep. Swan bill that equalizes child-custody criteria (7/6/16)5
- Jackson's former police dog euthanized Monday (7/21/16)2
- 'I want to see how far I can go' (7/21/16)2
- Southeast Missouri State football players, local police team up for Backstoppers benefit (7/22/16)2
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