LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Security and safety is a top priority at Sierra Vista High School.
"Over the last year primarily we've just had so many students telling me that they didn't feel safe at school. They wanted us to do more,” says Principal John Anzalone.
The school is now doing things a little differently. After the 7 a.m. bell rings, the gates are locked. No one is allowed on campus without the front offering knowing about it. The staff can see and hear everyone who approaches the school.
Visitors must asked to be left in. Then, they have to go to the front office.
But there’s more. Once a visitor is inside the front office, their personal identification is scanned by the Identi-A-Kid Badge System. That means everyone on campus is identified and accounted for at all times.
A students we spoke with told us…
"I know from the parents side it's scary it's also kind of from the students side because you don't know when some kid's going to walk in with an anger issue that you're going to get the brunt of it.”
That’s just it. Not only are the parents demanding more security, the students are also saying they don’t feel safe anymore.
"It's heartbreaking you know the reason you get into this business to begin with as a teacher is to educate but also to make students feel supported and safe and secure and as a father, as a principal, as an educator, it's heartbreaking when a kid says that to you,” said Anzalone.
But if it means one less things students have to worry about, the staff at Sierra Vista says its worth it.