By Catherine Ferland
Holt Journal Staff Reporter
While studies still support the idea that a child is safer in school than they are in a car, the rising rate of acts of violence in school still raises red flags for some.
Acts of school violence can occur anywhere and can have many different causes, making them difficult to track and study.
So what can schools do to stay safe?
For the Holt School District, most doors are locked with security cameras. The school resource officer, Mary Hull, a local deputy, is on-call for the district’s eleven different buildings.
Visitors to the school must speak to an intercom at the locked front door where they are asked for their purpose for entering the school, after which they are let into the school. Visitors are asked to stay in a secured lobby area until the appropriate administrator comes to them.
“I’ve been in Holt public for 20 years and in the early days all school doors were propped open but over the years with more school violence that has been flipped and we have to be more prepared,” David Hornak, the superintendent of the Holt School District said.
Hornak said that increased school security started back after the Columbine shootings, but continued to grow as the number of school shootings increased.
“School safety is a very important thing and we need to make sure that stays a focus point for us,” he said. “Do I want to trust everyone? Absolutely. Can we trust everyone? Nope.”