WTVM Editorial 3/25/17: Student safety should be a priority

WTVM Editorial 3/25/17: Student safety should be a priority

(WTVM) - Surveillance cameras seem to be everywhere, and that can be a good thing when it comes to public safety.

But cameras alone can't do the job of preventing, monitoring or even solving crimes.

For instance, there are 105 security cameras inside Rockville Maryland High School where a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two much older illegal immigrants.

It's a case getting huge attention because of the suspects' immigration status.

But leaving the immigration controversy aside, for now, the fact that school officials admit those 105 surveillance cameras are not monitored in real time leads to more questions that deserve to be answered.

Why were the cameras not actively monitored? Why didn't any of the five security officers who work at that school hear the girl's screams? Why wasn't the bathroom where it happened routinely patrolled?

Police and the school district say they can't release details of the case during the active investigation.

But this story of a deeply disturbing sexual attack on a teenaged girl should be a wake-up call to every school district in every state.

We hope this case causes every school to at least pause, and re-evaluate their security policies, and make any changes necessary to protect students' physical safety.

Keeping students safe has to be every school district's number one priority.

General Manager Holly Steuart brings two editorials a week to WTVM. If you would like to respond to an editorial, e-mail your response to hsteuart@wtvm.com or write to:

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