Keep the gates locked

LockedGateA group of eight high school boys armed with metal baseball bats recently attacked about 50 fourth and fifth grade students during recess at a Philadelphia elementary school.  At least 10 of the younger children were injured.

The district’s response? Cancel recess for several days.  That, in effect, punishes the younger children by denying them the chance to blow off some steam during the school day.  There is something wrong here.

My biggest concern is that a group of older bat-wielding kids were even able to get on the school grounds during regular class hours.  During the day, elementary school campuses need to be shut down to outside visitors unless they first register with the office.

That’s hard to do on a more open high school campus.  But it is entirely reasonable and feasible at an elementary school.  Here’s how…

Laura Ascione

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