Created: 11/11/2013 5:37 PM KSTP.com
By: Katie Eldred
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- With school shootings more common than we'd ever imagined, many schools have been tightening up their security. Monday Stewartville schools started up their new security measures.
Stewartville’s new security monitor Guy Howell, believes in his new role.
"I have a vested interest in keeping Stewartville schools systems safe," said Howell.
Also a parent, Howell says the new system makes it so the school knows who is in the building at all times.
“They buzz in and we get a look at who they are, we then talk to them about why they are here, and then we buzz them through the first set of doors," said Howell.
Once they are through the first set of doors the school visitors, students, or staff have to check in at the schools new security window. There their license or school id will be scanned. They are then given a name tag, before the doors are unlocked for them to enter the school.
"We want our students and staff to be safe, but at the same time we don’t want it to be a prison," said superintendent Dr. David Thompson.
Dr. Thompson says the new system may seem excessive to some, but that it's necessary.
"With all the happenings last year with the violence we just thought it'd be a good idea to upgrade and do some more things to ensure the safety of the students," said Dr. Thompson.
"We're still trying to iron out the kinks, but I think this is a good program the community will eventually get used to it and it'll be a routine," said Howell.
The new system also makes it so there is only one door in which you can leave the school from.
Howell says despite the confusion and extra time to enter the building, the new system should be comforting to other patents just like him.
"We want to be welcoming to the community, but we want our students to be safe,"
Several other schools in the area are already using similar programs.