Concerns about lack of security, communication access among Columbus school staff

Surveys filled out by Columbus City Schools teachers and staff show concern about lack of security at entrances, and lack of ability to communicate within schools if an emergency were to happen (WSYX/WTTE)

Lack of door locks, no public address system and limited cell phone service, are some of the issues Columbus City Schools teachers complain about regarding safety in their schools.

The ABC6 Scoring Our Schools team reviewed the surveys teachers filled out last year about found many instructors feel vulnerable when they are at school. One teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous, said that if someone brought a gun to school, there’s nothing they can do.

“They told us to save cans from the food drives and throw those at a shooter. Throw books, barricade your doors, but all of our door open out into the hallways,” the teacher said.

In the surveys, teachers reported people have climbed through open windows at Alpine Elementary. At Beechcroft High School, there’s no public address system and no cell phone access for an alternative. And there’s no doors and walls in the open concept school at Innis Elementary. One teacher wrote that their lockdown procedure would put 60 plus students and three staff members together in the back area, which would make it easy for someone to harm a multitude of people as they walk down the halls.

Over the summer, Columbus City Schools made security upgrades to four schools, replaced locks in others, and are now adding security walls to the entrances to the open concept buildings like Innis and Gables Elementary.


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