Recent tragedies in high schools around the country show a great increase in teen violence. The worst part it that these acts of violence arent just fights and shootings; they are planned mass murders in our high schools. No more poignant example brings into focus the question of individual freedom and safety for the school community.
Does individual freedom mean that students can bring whatever they want, including weapons, to school Does safety of the school community mean that students must be searched or o through metal detectors every time they enter a school building How do these questions apply to schools like Bishop Eustace where these extreme forms of violence have never occurred If I could choose to either have more individual freedom and less safety or the individual freedom and safety that I presently have, I would want to continue living the way that I currently live.
I do think that individual freedom in the United States means the freedom to pursuit and attain ones individual potential and that the possession of irearms or weapons by a student in a school is in no way in keeping with that idea. Additionally, many students probably are incapable of properly using a gun and that makes it even more dangerous for them to have one. Even though Bishop Eustace does not have metal detectors nor are the students searched when they enter a building, I think that if this is what would be necessary to ensure the safety of the community, it should be done with no arguments.
If a student does not want a teacher to see what they are bringing to chool, then it most likely doesnt belong on school property. I feel that I already have a lot of individual freedom and I am satisfied with my limits and restrictions as to what I can and cannot do within the school community. Everyday I feel safe at Bishop Eustace. There are rules that we must follow, and even though some dislike these rules, it is these rules which maintain order and safety in the school.
If we were to have more freedom, people could start to do things that could hurt others, create immense problems and endanger the safety of the school community. However, with the freedom that we already have, we can do many things and still feel safe. I feel that the rules during the school day are necessary. I am content with these rules and I dont feel that they are too demanding or restricting. For example, faculty have the right to inspect our lockers and bags that we bring to school. Knowing this, it is less likely for a student to bring a weapon to school.
If teachers did not do this, I would feel less safe and possibly worry about what could happen. The tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School last year could happen anywhere, but I feel that Bishop Eustace is well monitored at the present time. With Father Biermann, Mr. Casolaro, Mrs. Penza, and other faculty members walking around the buildings and campus, I feel safe. If students had more freedom to walk around the buildings as classes were in progress, I would not feel so secure. Generally, I feel extremely safe in the Bishop Eustace high school community and still enjoy much individual freedom.