Freshman, Stephanie Rojas
Freshman, Hugo Silverio
Senior, Chris Byers
Freshman, Alyah Kanemoto
Many of us know of the horrific event that took place in Connecticut last month. A gun man shot and killed twenty elementary school students and six teachers. This incident has brought attention to a recent article written on the safety here at Costa Mesa High school. This article touched on few issues that pointed to the conclusion that we are not prepared. Upon this article we have asked various students and staff members at Mesa if they feel safe. Here's what they said.
Although many students said yes they feel safe at school, many said that they don't think that Mesa would be prepared if a disaster happened.
Stephanie Rojas, a freshman says," Yes I feel safe, but I don't think we would be prepared for something like Connecticut to happen, the students would be too chaotic and wouldn't listen to the teachers. Most students don't take things seriously either."
Hugo Silverio, also a freshman says, " Yes I feel safe. I also think we would be prepared for disaster because the teachers here have gone over instructions for these thing very well and thoroughly."
Both of them feel safe at school but they have different opinions on if we'd last through something like Connecticut.
Rojas says," Yes, I do think specific teachers would take a bullet for me." While Silverio says, "No, the teachers here are just kind of mean."
Senior Chris Byers says,"Yeah I feel safe in school now, I didn't when I was younger." He goes on to say, "I don't think we would be prepared for something like Connecticut to happen because teachers seem like they would take things very, very seriously. Classrooms seem vulnerable." Byers says," Yes, a teacher would take a bullet for me."
Alyah Kanemoto says, "Yes and no." She says,"Sometimes there are bad things happening here that could be easily prevented." she says,"No, we are not prepared. The gates are too open, anyone can enter, they can literally walk in and then walk back out."
After hearing the students opinions we asked a few staff members similar questions.
Ms. Hayes says," Its extremely sad what happened at Connecticut, but you are never ready for what could happen." The day the interview was done, Ms.Hayes also had taught each of her classes how to lock and unlock the classroom doors in case of emergency." She finishes answering,"Yes, I would take a bullet for a student."
Mr. Poveda says," The school has done everything it can to be prepared for something like Connecticut. Our staff has done many drills to help prepare but I don't think any school could truly ever be prepared. Who knows what could happen." Mr. Poveda answers the last question, "Yes, I would take a bullet for a student."
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion or position of The Equestrian.