School safety top priority for administration

The administration has taken steps to ensure the safety of students and staff members at Bryan High by being proactive before any serious incidents occur. Gates have been installed to prevent unwanted people from passing through campus and exterior doors have been locked to limit access to the building.

“The new changes on campus are for student and staff safety,” assistant principal Bretton Schulz said. “The purpose of locking the outside doors and the gates is to prevent people who shouldn’t be on campus from being here. We are trying to restrict student movement, I think it actually enables students to do things more efficiently.

With the incident involving a student who had an unloaded gun and ammo on campus administrators want to ensure students and staff that they are safe.
“BHS is safer than we’ve ever been and we’re taking steps to make this school an even safer place,” Schulz said. “The incident with the gun was an isolated thing and I can truthfully say that we had the situation under control from the minute we were made aware of the situation and why a lock down was not needed.”

As the administration are taking steps in order to make the school a safe place the first thing the administration is doing is being proactive. By being proactive it will ensure the safety of staff and students.

“The administration being proactive,” principal Lane Buban said. “We’re not sitting back waiting for things to happen. We’re taking a proactive stance and making sure that our students, staff, and the campus are safe. We’re trying to do everything we can, within our power, to make sure that we prevent incidents from occurring on campus.”

With the new gate system many students have to reroute their ways of getting to class, but keeping students secluded by going through main hallways will help improve the safety on campus.

“I understand that students may have to walk a little bit farther by going around and through campus,” Buban said. “We’re working with students on that, but it’s better to be proactive than reactive in this situation because we don’t know what can happen.”

Although many students have voiced concerns about the new changes made on campus and how it has impacted the flow of foot travel to and from classes, many have come around to the idea that the administration is acting with their best interests at heart.

“Minor inconveniences for students are worth sacrificing for safety,” student body president senior Cecil Banks said. “Students should use common sense and always pay attention to their surroundings wherever they are and know that the administration is only doing what they think is best.”
There are steps to becoming safe. Students who may hear something shouldn’t be afraid to tell their parents, administrator, and or teacher because they’re all here to help and keep you and your peers safe.

“Parents need to talk and communicate with their kids, and kids need to talk to their parents about what’s going on if they have concerns,” Schulz said. “It’s really important to communicate with each other and talk about expectations that are in place for both the parents and the children.”
With incidents that can happen at any point during the school year, students need to understand that communication is key. Administration cannot be proactive without knowing the situation.

“There’s more students than there is staff members,” Buban said. “There are more eyes and ears out there than we’re capable of providing and sometimes it’s important for students take care of their own safety and treat it as an important thing.”

Students need to understand the depth of this pro activity and that the administration is here to help students not the harm them.The administration is doing everything in their power to keep students safe and feel comfortable in every way possible.

“We can do a better job with communicating and making sure students feel as if we’re more approachable,” Buban said. “Students can talk to us because my doors always open. I want students to to feel comfortable enough to talk to me about these types of things without any kind of fear of them getting in trouble themselves.”

There are steps to becoming safe. Students who may hear something shouldn’t be afraid to tell their parents, administrator, and or teacher because they’re all here to help and keep you and your peers safe.

“Parents need to talk and communicate with their kids, and kids need to talk to their parents about what’s going on if they have concerns,” Schulz said. “It’s really important to communicate with each other and talk about expectations that are in place for both the parents and the children.”