Brownsville ISD Asks for Students’ Input Over School Safety
BROWNSVILLE – The Brownsville Independent School District is taking a new approach to how they react to mass school shootings.
BISD Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas met with dozens of high school students to get their input. She asked them what needs to be done so they can feel safe at school.
One suggestion from students included using I.D. badges that must be scanned whenever a student leaves or enters a building.
The students also told the superintendent they want to practice mass shooter drills and learn what classroom supplies they can use as shields.
“During out lockdowns and out practices drills, I don’t think we understand the magnitude of the situation, how important it is to practice these drills,” said Hanna High School Student Council Vice President Liliana Lopez. “So, we’re usually talking and laughing and texting and we’re just like, you know, it’s another drill. I think if they created awareness that you know what this is for your safety in case it happens, you don’t end up hurt.”
Zendejas expressed the importance to listen to the students, “In the formula of education, the students are the most powerful element of that formula. We probably need to have a dialogue with our students at every high school and every classroom to understand how serious a lockdown is.”
The superintendent is also asking parents to be vigilant of their children’s social media accounts for suspicious or potentially threatening behavior.