Glass shattered across the pavement, spider webs of fractures across the remains of the back window that offers little protection from the elements to the cars’ now empty trunk.
This was the sight that greeted senior Natalie Rubio on January 20 upon leaving tennis practice, ready to head home after a long stressful day of school.
Rubio was not the only victim of a car break-in that day. Laura Ramirez, another senior, found her car’s windows smashed and valuables missing.
Despite the incident, school officials are confident in the amount of security currently present in the parking lot by the Marine Stadium.
“We have the most security personnel in the school at this time than we ever have [had] before. Dr. Gould and I are constantly circulating the busses and parking lot, and we’re vigilant. We have one security guard in the parking lot, and even though he’s shuttling teachers, he’s another pair of eyes we have out there,” assistant principal Maggie Rodriguez said.
“During the school day we have Bayard who gets there from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m., when he leaves Raul goes out there from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., and Jason is out there from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. After school we also have someone out there. She’s a custodian but she helps us with security, she’s out there until the activity bus leaves at 5:45 p.m. So other than making sure the students get on the bus safely she’s also a deterrent for trespassers,” Rodriguez said.
But some students disagree, even those who were not affected by the break-in.
“The security needs to be better; one guard is not nearly enough. I feel more paranoid whenever I leave or return to my car. I have been leaving earlier to get a parking spot to avoid the less crowded further ones,” Rubio said.
Freshman Chelsea Thomas shares Rubio’s sentiment.
“There needs to be more security because one person at one end of such a large parking lot cannot be expected to sufficiently manage the entire area,” Thomas said.
Janice Emills, who has been substituting for the engineering classes, previously taught at Coral Reef Senior High school.
“One guard is probably not enough, we used to have 3 or 4 and they would close the gates and let cars in one at a time. This school has probably not needed so much security before and now they may be reaching a point where they need it,” Emills said.