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The Tattoo

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May 17, 1999

St. Paul plans video monitoring, buzzer system

By COURTNEY PENDLETON
The Tattoo

St. Paul Catholic High School is locking its doors.

A new school security plan at St. Paul has all the
entrances, except for the front door, locked after 7:45
a.m.

Next year there will be a buzzer system and video
monitor at the front door, said Joseph Bischof, the
school's development director and incoming principal.
 
Joseph Bound, the interim principal, said although a
school crisis plan has been in the works for a month,
the Colorado shootings prompted the new locking
policy.

The Bristol Police Department sent out information on
how to make hallways safer, Bound said.

Teachers at St. Paul must now keep their classroom
doors locked at all times.

Junior Erin Carvey said "It's a good idea as long as it
doesn't get out of control."

But some students think it's already out of control.

"It's mass panic and it will die down soon," said
senior Heather McCarron. " I just donít like being
locked up like an animal."

Another senior, who spoke on the condition that his
name not be used, said he had been asked to leave the
school until he received a note from a psychologist
saying that he was mentally fit to return to St. Paul.

The boy wears a trench coat to school and last year
wrote a macabre poem in English class.

"I think theyíre just covering themselves," he said.
"If they were really afraid they could expel me."

The administration declined comment on the student's
statement.

Junior Jess Mendes said, "It doesn't make me feel any
safer, but then I never felt threatened."

Richard Cahill, the dean of discipline, said, "A lot of
people think it couldnít happen here, but Iíll bet the
people in Colorado said the same thing."


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