2009-11-20 / Letters

Safety For All

Dear Editor,

I was wondering why there are double standards when it comes to searching in schools. Why is it that only the students get searched? Why not the teachers and faculty? I've seen teachers get arrested for drugs, child endangerment, for molestation, among other things.

It's like they are assuming teachers can't snap. This is what I hate. It al - ways takes something major like someone getting killed before action is taken. I mean, it really took my neighbor's granddaughter getting killed in broad daylight before they decided to give us money for cameras in the Hammel Houses, when we have been asking for it for years. Do we have to wait till a child is killed in school before they search grown-ups? When "9-11" happened they took action to boost searching.

Why don't they just think of worst case scenarios, and their preventions Letters ahead of time instead of waiting for something tragic to happen?

Don't get me wrong, I love teachers. I respect what they do and what they go through each day (unruly kids, disrespectful parents, threats, etc.) But if I was a teacher I would want the students to feel safe, also, just like the teachers feel safe because of the searches.

Years ago, I knew of a school where a teacher from there followed a student home. Think about it, they have access to their students' home ad - dresses, phone numbers, next of kin, and their parents' place of work and work numbers.

No offense to teachers, I know a lot of you who are very dedicated to teach ing children and helping children learn and not just for a paycheck.

To you, I tip my hat.

CYNTHIA SMALLS WILLIAMS

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