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New Door Security Shuts Out Uninvited Visitors

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Security devices like this have been installed at the outer doors around the CHS building.

Security devices like this have been installed at the outer doors around the CHS building.

Andres Villanueva

Andres Villanueva

Security devices like this have been installed at the outer doors around the CHS building.

Andres Villanueva, Reporter

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A new school door policy has taken place at CHS that’s caught the attention of many staff and students.

The new policy now locks the outer school doors throughout the day except in the morning before first period, and in the afternoon after eighth period. Getting inside now requires a visitor to be allowed in by administration. The intention was to ensure security and prevent strangers from sneaking into the school which had been an issue for some time.

It was implemented early second semester and has drawn both criticism and praise.

Reaction was generally divided, with teachers and staff tending to be more in favor of the new policy.

“I think it’s a good idea,” Spanish teacher Marisol Maldonado said. “I’ve seen students that already graduated come into my classroom, and I wonder how they can get away with that.”
Security has been a priority at CHS for a long time, but not everybody is enthusiastic about the new policy, especially students.

“This isn’t cool,” sophomore Diego Vanegas commented. “Sometimes I just got to school late, but at least I went to school. Now I got to get checked out like I’m at some kind of airport.”

With recent events in MCPS, more and more people are calling for increased security to prevent violence. Just over two weeks ago, a CHS student was arrested after bringing a gun to school. Since then there have been bomb threats at multiple MCPS schools in addition to almost a dozen other threats of violence.

“I don’t know, I don’t care,” sophomore Zach Wachter said. “If it really is going to keep us safe that’s pretty good I guess, especially after the recent threats.”

Either way, the policy has been implemented and is here to stay for the school’s security.

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