Small Town Schools Beef Up Security

By: Lauren Zakalik
By: Lauren Zakalik

In the small community of Webberville where you can still get a close shave at the barber news travels fast. And news of the past week's school shootings are rattling the administration.

"Based upon the events of the past week, our guard has gone up again," said Webberville Community Schools Superintendent William Skilling.

But Skilling says Webberville's small but tech-savvy schools are becoming more prepared by the day.

"With our GPS systems, we can track everything. We can track the buses, see every time they make a stop. It's all kept in the server."

He says virtually every move you make in this hallway is trackable. Scattered throughout the halls are more than 100 motion sensors that follow movement, specifically during non-school hours. They look much like fire detectors and can easily go unnoticed.

The school also tracks every after-hours entrance with ID cards and electronic locks. Almost all doors are locked during school hours. This is a direct effect of 1999's Columbine High School shooting.

And even before the past week's shootings, Webberville had plans to install almost 30 hidden cameras throughout the schools. Skilling says now, the cameras are even more pertinent; in times like these, schools can't be too careful.

"The thing I have to caution myself against is not having enough fear," Skilling said. "The strange thing is the latest shootings have been by people not related to the school, and that makes it all scarier."

And in a town where familiar faces are a dime a dozen, residents will do anything they can to protect each other.


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