OPINION BY JACOB BROWN
The very first thing students do when they get to school is walk in the door. With the recent epidemic of school violence, Wadsworth High School has made recent changes to its morning policy. Students are now restricted to two doors when they enter the school at 7:25. Those two entrances are located at complete opposite sides of the school, the main entrance and the end of the 1100 hall.
The reasoning behind the movement of the locations students can enter is “for the safety and security of staff and students,” said Mr. Moore.
According to Moore, the school was built with the intention of having two entrances, the main doors and the bus ramp, and that the only reason the 1400 doors were open was because of student dialogue with the administration. After the discussions of school safety, it was decided that the school no longer needed 3 entrances. Thus, the doors to the 1400 were shut once again.
This decision was met by with student uproar and frustration. The removal of the doors means that students who park in the student parking lot would now have to make the journey to either the front door or the bus ramp, making an already long walk even longer.
“I know that it is inconvenient for students, but I’d rather them be inconvenienced and safe than take the risk of something happening to them,” said Moore.
In addition to the proposals that are already in place, I believe that administration should transition the bus ramp entrance to the 1500 doors instead of just closing the 1400 doors. This solution would make the most sense. The 1500 hall is equidistant from the buses and the student lot.
Moore believes that the 1500 hall is too narrow to handle that amount of foot traffic. However, I do not believe the combination of bus riders and student drivers could compromise the school’s safety.
Just because I want the entrances to move does not mean I am against the safety of students. Rather, I favor a compromise between two valid options. Much like Mr. Moore stated, safety and security are top priorities and should always be taken into consideration when evaluating any possible changes that would affect the student body.
After considering all possibilities, it only makes sense to open the 1500 doors. The safety, security, and well being of Wadsworth students should be at the top of the list. With that being said, the administration should also take into account that students only want efficiency.