Increased concerns over student safety lead to discussion of name-tag policy
This year, the Ann Arbor Public Schools have implemented new security policies and enforced old ones, including locked doors during the school day, disallowing students in the hallways during class, and requiring visitors to sign in at the office when entering the school. The district is now considering requiring students to wear lanyards with their school ID tags at school.
Students have mixed opinions of this possible new requirement. “I don’t really care necessarily,” said Sophomore Hannah Cesnik. “It could be a burden to some people and it could be annoying, but besides just being cumbersome, I don’t really see the issue.”
Other students are not so accepting of the idea. “I think it would suck. It would just enable people to stalk others,” said Junior Amanda Childs, who doesn’t want the entire school to know her name, grade, and ID number. “Next thing you know, we’re going to have school uniforms and go through metal detectors.”
Although the lanyard system has helped some schools protect their students and staff, other schools have seen kids hurt by the lanyards. A third grade student in Alberta, Canada, was found unconscious when his lanyard was caught in the school’s bathroom stall door. The student was found in time and is still alive, but the entire city, public and private schools, have banned the use of lanyards.
Pioneer has also created the email Pioneerneeds2know@yahoo.com to address safety issues within the school. The email allows students to confidentially mention suggestions or concerns regarding bullying or safety issues, giving students a voice regarding the school.
The lanyard decision is not final, and the district is still considering the pros and cons of this system. “The discussion is whether or not we should do this, if it would really help,” said Leaman.
Some students, though, say they see few benefits. “It’s hard to see the result being beneficial to the school district in anyway,” said Cesnik. Sophomore Jana Dejdar agrees. “They’re not talking about the stuff that actually needs to be changed.”