FACT FINDER: Washoe School Board reacts to campus safety concern

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Updated: 12/21/2012 5:24 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - News 4's exclusive video showed you Thursday someone can just walk right in off the street into a school without a single entry point system – now a school board member is speaking out about that for the first time.

Howard Rosenberg said he was concerned about student safety, but he's not sure fencing off the campuses is the best way to protect kids.

“Then how long before we have to close all windows and lock them? How soon before we have to put bars up on the windows? Especially with the little ones, you don't want them coming into a jail like setting. It's counterproductive to what we're trying to do,” he said.

Instead of worrying so much about the security outside of the building, the board member and college professor would like to focus more on changes internally. Rosenberg wants staff to be given industrial strength mace which would stun the attacker just by the chemicals coming in contact with the skin. He also wants students to train what to do in case something bad happens - telling younger kids vague information by calling the training emergency preparation so not to scare them. But the bottom line is that he'd like to see an on-going conversation about other ideas how to make schools safer.

News 4 reached out to every school board member through phone and e-mail for this story. Ken Green said he’d prefer the incoming board talk about this issue since he won’t be around anymore to act on it. No other board member responded to our request for comment about how they plan to keep your kids safe.
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