Educators and local communities around the nation are deciding whether to lock classroom doors during the school day as a way to keep students safer in the aftermath of last month's mass-shooting at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school.
It may seem like an open-and-shut case so to speak, a no-brainer. Locked classroom doors would limit access to unwanted visitors. Someone looking to cause trouble would encounter a locked door and it may be just enough to get them to move on to find one that is unlocked, some say.
Others argue that locking classroom doors would make it more disruptive for administrators and fellow teachers to drop in during the day to observe, leading to less academic oversight and collaboration. Some contend that locked doors could create more potential for abuses inside the classroom. If all the doors in the school are locked, it could make it more challenging for students and educators to find places to seek cover in the event of an emergency, some say.
The locked door dilemma is felt particularly strongly in the Los Angeles school district, where a third grade teacher last year was accused of committing lewd acts against students behind a locked classroom door, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Los Angeles teacher Mark Berndt was charged with 23 counts of lewd conduct for among other charges, allegedly spoon-feeding his semen to students. He pleaded not guilty and remains in jail on $23-million bail. In the aftermath of that incident, parents in the community demanded that classroom doors be left unlocked. But after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., many have now called for locked classroom doors, the Times said.
Via the Los Angeles Times