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Issue is security, not pit bulls

Posted: October 15, 2008 5:02 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Regarding the incident involving the pit bull at Valencia High School, I don't know any of the parties involved (including the dog).

But it seems to me the solution is simple. Fill out the appropriate forms and reschedule the visit.

Principal Priesz was quoted in the article, "The kind of animal was immaterial - they could have been two little Boston terrier puppies. They just hadn't been approved to be on campus."

Ms. Schierm states in her letter that the teacher "did not follow protocol for having visitors/guests on campus." Neither administrator seems to have an issue with pit bulls, just the paperwork.

According to Ms. Calnan, she has had animals in her class before. Dispute solved.

One issue I am concerned about, and where there should be outrage, is from a security standpoint.

Ms. Schiern quotes the policy regarding guests. "We will not send your guest to your classroom without prior authorization." Since this guest apparently did not have authorization, how did she get into the classroom?

Who is being held to account, specifically in light of Ms. Calnan's claim "I've had a lot of guests in my classroom. ... Later the principal told me that I needed to fill out a speaker form and I was not aware of that. I've never done that before."

How did all those guests get into the school if they didn't have prior authorization? Where is the accountability and the protection for our children?

Surely a form is not all that stands between our children and someone who wishes them harm?

Bottom line: reschedule the visit; tighten security now before a major incident/tragedy, not after; and hold to account those who have not been enforcing policies.


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