, Gloucester, MA


March 20, 2013

Letter: Safety and security in Gloucester schools

To the editor,

Working in an urban school district such as Chelsea, one might ponder the safety of their children in such an environment.

Unfortunately, it is a stereotype that, working in an inner city environment, crime can break out at a moment’s notice.

This stereotype is well played out in famous movies such as “Freedom Writers” and “Stand and Deliver.” To this comment, I can say first hand that the Wright Science and Technology Academy, located in Chelsea and the school to which I am employed, is the safest school environment, by far, that I have ever worked in.

There are cameras located at every entrance, several security guards that patrol the school grounds from the time that school opens until well after it closes, a police officer whose sole responsibility is to protect our school, a security desk

where visitors must check in and show identification, as well as random searches that occur every morning. How could one not feel safe? I feel safer here than I do in my own home.

When people learn as to where I work, their response, on average is something to the effect of, “Well, of course they need to take such precautions to protect the students because of where Chelsea is located!”

Yet, my question to the city of Gloucester is this: “Why is it that only the inner city/urban districts or that of the very wealthy communities are afforded such safety, but not the students of the city of Gloucester?”

The strange part of my story is that I was employed as a teacher for many years in the city of Gloucester. Never once did I see a security guard on the school premises, a police officer roaming the building, or random searches taking place on both faculty and students. Why? Because Gloucester is considered neither wealthy nor inner city?

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