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ash549
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Frost_troll
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There Should Be More Security in Schools

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Started: 3/28/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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ash549

Pro

I Believe that schools should have better security for the sake of the students and staff inside. Better security would lead to less shootings, bullying, and Sexual Harassment. Better security would lead to better health and safety of students as well as staff.
To begin with, better security in schools would lead to less mass shootings relating to students inside of a school campus. According to The Washington Post, the have been over 300 school shootings (meaning a gun was discharged on a school campus) since 2013. That means at least 1 a week. This number would be reduced dramatically if school security was a big priority. Students go to school to learn and should not have to burden the stress of academics, and the stress of a possible shooting, or dangerous incident. The numbers of shootings would be reduced dramatically by adding metal detectors, police officers, and locker checks around the school.
With more security, bullying would be noticed more easily than without. In many schools, bullying has a zero tolerance policy, but oftentimes this is overlooked. Often the student has no way to stand up for him/her self, and may find it difficult to find someone they trust to speak with. With cameras, and officers around the building, bullys would be caught easily, and would immediately face consequences.
Sexual harassment is a huge problem in schools that can be illegal, and needs to be responded to by higher authority. With cameras and officers, the amount of sexual harassment in schools would be lowered, and consequences would be established. 8 out of 10 students will experience sexual harassment from peers or teachers, and 6 out of 10 will experience physical sexual harassment from another peer or student. This is in all grade levels, and could be at least lowered if there were more cameras in schools.
Some may say that using money on security is a waste, and that crime will happen either way regardless of the set security. Although not all crime can immediately be stopped it can be reduced to a much smaller number with even a small amount of extra security. Someone trying to commit a crime in a police station with armed officers will have a harder time trying to commit a crime in a school bus where there are no present armed officers.
Schools should have better security whether it be cameras, officers, door checks, locker checks, or even just locked doors. If a crime happens that could have been stopped, but wasn't, it is inexcusable for the school to have no security.
Frost_troll

Con

The belief of high crime is only a mechanism to create massive fear. Garland
Fear of crime is sufficiently widespread to become a political reference point and crime issues are generally politicized and represented in emotive terms. Concerns about victims and public safety dominate government policy and the criminal justice state is viewed as severely limited in its impact. A high-level of "crime consciousness" comes to be embedded in everyday social life and institutionalized in the media, in popular culture and in the built environment

Security only creates a manipulative discourse, aimed at justifying any and every policy. Mitchell
Securement, as a giving of value, assures us against loss by making the world replaceable. In this respect, security is nothing other than total availability, imagined as a world of utter transparency where all resources, human and otherwise, are constantly surveilled and traced through their paths of circulation.

When the state uses a threat constructing discourse, it creates this ideal of security, which is constantly trying to be reached. The case is thus the root cause of the status quo harms. Derderian
the denial of this permanent condition, the effort to disguise it with a consensual rationality or to hide from it with a fictional sovereignty, are all effects of suppression of fear. The desire for security is manifested as a collective resentment of difference--that which is not us, not certain, not predictable. The fear of the unknown and the desire for certainty combine to produce a domesticated life, in which causality and rationality become the highest sign of a sovereign self, the surest protection against contingent forces. A safe life requires safe truths. The strange and the alien remain unexamined, the unknown becomes identified as evil, and evil provokes hostility--recycling the desire for security.
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