Increase School Security: Require Visitor Identification

Target: United States Congress

Goal: Increase security for elementary and middle schools by requiring visitors to present identification at the front door.

In lieu of the tragic events at Sandy Hook elementary school that left 20 children and 6 faculty dead at the hands of a gunman, the American people are questioning the level of security in their schools. At present, many schools do not require visitors to present identification before entering the building and therefore anyone is at liberty to roam the school. While not every school can, nor should, be heavily guarded, methods such as identification requirements would greatly decrease the danger posed to students. Still, it is vital that school security is upgraded in order to protect students in the future. Urge the congress to pass legislation that requires all visitors to present identification at the front door before entering a school building.

While many parents of young children are now pondering over solutions that may help to prevent a repeat of Sandy Hook, change must start small and simply. The easiest way to guard against uninvited intruders is to prevent strangers from entering the school if they are not recognized parents or guardians, and if they do not have a verifiable purpose for visiting. Too often, child molesters and even killers, such as the Sandy Hook gunman, are allowed to enter schools because there is no prior screening. While such a policy would not fully prevent danger to children, it is a step in the right direction and would undoubtedly hinder undesirable visitors from carrying out plots against innocent children.

President Barack Obama has also voiced concern over the present security of American schools. He recently stated that “these tragedies must end,” and urged for a series of changes that would better protect students. Change must be the course, and small changes, such as mandatory identification, will help to improve the situation. After all, no unidentified person should ever be allowed to casually enter a place where students are gathered en masse. The fact that strangers are at liberty to do this now is a threat and therefore the system must be altered immediately.

Tell the United States Congress to begin to work on legislature that will increase security in American schools. The first step should be mandatory identification, as no unidentified visitors should ever be allowed to enter a school building. Schools must be a safe haven for young people, and to allow visitors to enter at will poses danger for everyone.


Dear United States Congress,

Recent violence against young American students has caused us to take a closer look at school security in the United States. We have found that the present state of security is insufficient to protect our young children from dangerous solicitors. We urge you to require every school visitor to present valid identification and provide a valid reason for visiting the school building. It is frightening that strangers can simply walk into many American schools and interact with young children who may be unsupervised. We urge you to pass legislation that will mandate each adult to identify him or herself, or be denied access to the school property.

While this sort of legislation will certainly not guard against every despicable act perpetrated against young children, it will hinder many from accessing students while they are in the classroom. We require that the government take action to protect our students, and mandatory identification is a starting point. Please work towards requiring each American elementary and middle school visitor to present valid identification before entering any school building in this country.


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