Drop-off table risks personal, school security

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Drop-off table risks personal, school security

(JASMINE LUNAR/EYE OF THE TIGER)

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KAIA WHITNEY

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Last school year, RHS decided to implement a new sort of rule. If a parent or guardian is to bring us food, they must leave it at the drop off table in the front office rather than passing it to us through one of the gates as many students have done in the past.

In theory this may be the safer option, but logically speaking, is it really?

The gate method of course isn’t any safer, but at the same time, what is the drop off table really saving us from. Any person, parent or not, at any given time could easily slip in through the office to access “the drop off table.” They could easily sneak onto campus using this excuse or potentially leave something on the drop off table that isn’t even food.

Additionally, this method takes away the safety that the locked gates provide by allowing human to human access right through the doors of the office.

What if someone were to leave something illicit one day? Although it isn’t likely, it could still happen. The drop off table holds a threat on RHS that the gates never did.
Another student could also possibly steal our lunch, and even though the situation doesn’t seem likely, it definitely does happen.

One day, a few weeks ago my mom brought me Boudin to school. As to be expected, I was very excited. I had asked my mom to order me a turkey and cranberry sandwich along with an orange juice, which she did, and I asked her to place it on the drop off table when she arrived.

As the lunch bell rang, I started to walk towards the drop off table and I noticed a girl looking at my bag of food and my orange juice which had been placed in front of the bag. I saw her pick up the orange juice and I glanced away for a split second. As I looked back the orange juice had vanished from sight and it was clear the the girl had taken it.

This was of course disappointing after my mom had spent three dollars on this freshly squeezed delicious juice that I never even got to enjoy because someone stole it.

This only further proves my point that there aren’t exactly any security measures that even guarantee that our lunch is still there when we arrive. We just have to wait and hope for the best that we still get to eat.

All I am trying to say, is that maybe allowing us to receive outside food or drinks through the gates is just a simpler option.