Amphi schools beef up security

Amphi schools beef up security

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Aug 8, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - School security: It's on the minds of parents as they send their kids to school everyday. 

Amphitheater School District listened to those concerns, and the new school year brings new changes. 

The gates are padlocked; a security fence surrounds the campus. Once school is in session, there's only one way into the school. 

Some parents at Amphi Middle School told Nine On Your Side these changes give them peace of mind.

"I feel better; much better," Aicha Mabiala said. Her son is in sixth grade at Amphi. 

"All these gates and all this I think is pretty good," Rene Martinez said. "I feel safer."

Mindy Blake, a spokeswoman for the school district, explained the new security measures implemented this year. 

"[The gates] are open in the morning when the kids come in and then they're locked and there's only one way into the school; that's through the front office," Blake said. 

When you walk through the door to the front office, you'll find yourself in a holding room. The only way through is if the front desk recognizes the person and buzzes them in. 

Another security measure are the doors to the classrooms on the perimeter. There are no handles, so no one can get in from the outside. 

These additions and renovations are part of a $7.2 million bond project at Amphi Middle School; but the entire district is beefing up security. 

Parents hope the changes will keep their children safe. 

"If that's gonna happen here or in Kentucky or Kansas; whatever elementary school, what high school, what junior high...It's gonna happen; you can't prevent it. The only thing you can do is try to prevent it," parent Jason Sutton said. 

Sutton said the new security system at his children's school is a good start.