Saturday, August 23, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Getting in, getting around

A reporter sees how easy it is to enter schools

WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Here, at the Disston School, our reporter found security to be somewhat lax. He was able to move around the halls easily.
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Here, at the Disston School, our reporter found security to be somewhat lax. He was able to move around the halls easily.

A DAILY NEWS reporter went to four schools unannounced to review their security:

Chester Arthur, South Philadelphia:

*  Once buzzed in, there was no one at the door.

*  The principal came out of the office to greet me before I was able to access the hallways.

Disston Elementary, Mayfair:

*  Once buzzed in, I could access the stairways freely.

*  Once onto the main level, there was no one at the front door. I was able to walk down the hallways without being approached.

*  When I walked toward the main office, an adult approached me and directed me to the main office but did not ensure that I reached the office.

Edwin Forrest Elementary, Northeast Philadelphia:

*  Staff member asks for ID before you can be buzzed in, but I was able to walk in behind another man who held the door for me.

*  Once inside, I could access the stairways freely.

*  Once on the main level, there was no one at the door. It was actually difficult to discern the location of the main office.

*  I was able to walk down a hallway without being approached.

Sullivan Elementary, Wissinoming:

*  Once buzzed in, I was able to access the stairway freely.

*  Once on the main level, there was an adult seated at the front desk, but she did not speak to me.

*  An adult from the main office approached me before I was able to access the hallways.

- Solomon Leach

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