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Parkdale updates policies to increase safety for students

Starting in the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, Parkdale has undergone several changes for safety issues. Many would call it an improvement, but others may call it a waste of time.

According to Dr. Graves-Henderson’s reminders during the morning announcements, safety is Parkdale’s “number one priority”.  After a rough year last year, with multiple fights and approximately two lockdown drills during school hours, stricter rules have been put in place to everything in check, stable, and within safe conditions.

On Feb. 6, 2018, Parkdale underwent a lockdown while police rushed to the scene just outside of the grounds. According to local news outlets, a 16-year-old teen was stabbed multiple times in a wooded area near the school’s property.

After the incident, Fox 5 DC states “the teen, who was taken to hospital for his injuries, is in police custody, along with several male suspects. Police say they have not been able to recover a weapon. Police say they are looking into the matter and believe the suspects involved in this incident are gang-affiliated.”

Once the new school year started, Parkdale stressed security and safety even more. IDs became a number one priority, and the enforcement of certain dress codes, like hoodies, were enforced strictly.

While the intentions behind the stricter rules are for student and staff safety, some students feel some of the rules may be too strict.

“I feel as though it is not fair to not be let into class without an ID because it causes us to miss class,” junior Portia Adams said. “Not giving out temporary IDs should also be changed. These changes are cutting out our instructional time because it takes too long to process a new ID instead of just writing a temporary one.”

Once the hoodie policy was in effect, anything type of sweater that has a hoodie was required to be taken off for security purposes.  Although

“One change I do agree on is the hoodie policy,” said Junior, Lesli Reyes.

“I personally don’t understand as long as we don’t have it over our heads I don’t think it should be that big of a deal to where you get sent to ALC.”

The changes in Parkdale security have affected its community. Security has strengthened and changed many people’s perspectives from before and after in the school’s environment.

Some may believe all the changes are improvements and were appropriate to Parkdale. Others may think otherwise and think it’s a step in the wrong direction.