In the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, schools around the nation have taken precautions to ensure the safety of their students. MAST is no exception, and one of the new policies is requiring students to wear their school-issued IDs on a daily basis.
This has faced a slight backlash, as students complain that they are a hassle and unnecessary. The Beacon staff believes a minimal weight around your neck is a minuscule price to pay for safety. Outside of the middle school, we do not have uniforms. A few years ago, the school was small enough that teachers could recognize each student and were able to pick out someone that did not belong, but, with the recent expansion that is no longer possible.
Throughout the years, there have been multiple cases of students from other schools sneaking in to the building, only to be caught after a few hours. Hours. In this amount of time, damage could have been done.
During the 2015-2016 school year, a student who did not attend this school and had a history of violence – breaking into a fellow student’s apartment with a screwdriver – walked into our campus and took the yellow school bus to the Vizcaya Metrorail Station. This was an extremely uncomfortable experience to those in our student body who had known him from middle school, and yet one that was unable to be prevented for no one could tell he did not belong here. The most experienced that day was discomfort, but this could have had catastrophic consequences.
With student IDs, faculty and administration will be able to keep students safe without having to implement the dreaded uniform policy. As much as you might dread wearing a picture of yourself on a bad hair day around your neck, it is a small act that can prevent bigger consequences.