Your Voice: "How has the shooting incident at McNair Learning Academy affected your opinion on school security?"
Compiled by Vincent Christie | 8/23/2013, 6 a.m.
Thletha Yates, Conyers
“School security needs to be increased overall. It needs to be consistent across the state, across the nation. There needs to be a better protocol in place … There should be more school visits from police officers, school officers. This is something I have always thought since the Newtown incident.”
Ka’Reena Johns, 17, Ellenwood
“It really didn’t affect me. I feel regardless of how many security guards or police officers, it’s still going to be the same. I feel that they are still going to find a way in, regardless.”
Arethia Bryant, Decatur
“It’s an eye-opening on what’s going on in society today. And it’s letting you know that anything could happen anywhere, whether it’s elementary or high school or a company for all of that. So we really need to be aware of what’s going on.”
Bridget Jefferies, Decatur
"What happened at McNair has made me very scared because, as an educator and a parent, you always think of safety first for your students as a teacher and your child as a parent. So for them being able to just walk into the school like that, I think there should be card key entries or keypad type of security deal. More security. Pounding the pavement. Things like that."
Shanterrious Whitehead, Conyers
"I would say that schools need more security for the safety of the children; at least officers."
Erica Johnson, Fairburn
"It only made me realize these events continue to happen. I do think schools, businesses, any type of agency that cares for young children or children in general, need to take more safety precautions. It didn't change my mind at all. I think security could be stricter and tighter but if someone's that diligent or that disturbed, I think they might find a way to be around a setting where they can want to do harm."