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Three or four years ago while visiting schools in Kemmerer, I rang the doorbell at an elementary school and was buzzed in. I explained that I was surprised the door was locked before she explained the school's reasons.

At that point, in playing the devil's advocate, I asked what was to keep me from committing mayhem. Our conversation ended on a friendly note, of course, as she stated the locked door was a nuisance.

16 comments on this story

We visit schools coast to coast, and most are without locks, while some have double security. The lady from Vernal could go back 100 years and NOT find a single case where someone attempted to or broke through a front door or any door ... except to burglarize, perhaps. Unlock the doors.

Many schools also lack police on campus. Parkland proved a point. An article in the Harvard Review, April 10, 2015, suggested cops stay away from schools. Uh huh, Maryland. A month ago or so the principal had been warned.

Warren Pugh

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