Dear Mr. Tim Wyrosdick –
First and foremost, I want to say thank you for protecting our students and teachers of Santa Rosa County. Five years ago, we moved to Santa Rosa County because we wanted to provide our two daughters a good education in a safe environment. Today as I watch the shooting in South Florida I am reminded how easy it is to walk into a school. To be honest, countless times I have personally walked right into both of my daughter's schools with no one stopping me. During those times I have thought to myself, it should not be that easy to enter a school. Yes sir, there are visitor's signs at every door, but that would never stop someone from entering who wants to hurt our kids.
While I understand locking all doors leading to the outside will never stop or end chaos that we have in our world, my hope is that it can prevent or slow down a tragedy from occurring.
I ask that you please seek a way to protect our kids, and lock all doors leading into the school. For the door that does have access into the school it should be manned, just as one cannot enter the airport without being screened, one should not be able to enter our school without being screened.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, I look forward to your response.
Edit: I was just advised that our schools only conduct lock down drills one to two times per school year - and those are anticipated! Something else that will not cost our school system a dime, and can be immediately implemented is to have monthly lockdown drills. Just as fire drills, students need to know exactly what to do in the instance of an active shooter on campus. This is a no-brainer that should go into effect today.