We live in a time when threats against judges and acts of violence in courthouses and courtrooms are occurring throughout the country with greater frequency than ever before. By their very nature, courthouse operations entail a heightened degree of risk. Every working day courthouses are visited by a large number of citizens, many of whom may be disgruntled and angry to the point of becoming lawbreakers. Individuals and groups have committed acts of violence in courthouses, often attempts to murder judicial officials, escape from custody, and disrupt or delay proceedings.
Jeffrey Scott Jones used a small razor blade to slit his throat upon hearing that the jury found him guilty of rape. It is unclear how Jones got the razor blade and how he managed to get it into the courtroom. Free on bail until his trial, Jones apparently hid the blade in his clothing and managed to get through security checks. This is unacceptable in any courtroom, and security measures must ensure that no one can enter with weapons of any size.
Yes, there should be better security in courtrooms because this should never happen. A court should decide if someone is guilty or not and there should be no time for a person to hurt him or herself. What if the teacher tried to harm someone else? There must be security.
No, I do not believe that there should be better security in court rooms. Having recently visited a court, there seems to already be a lot of security in place. There are going to be times that not matter how much security is in place, incidents happen. Increasing security would mean more tax money being spent on that and more of a burden for those visits the courts.