• Safe and Stable:
    School safety is becoming a growing nationwide concern as a result of regular physical altercations, daily verbal disagreements, and explicit threats. There will always be concerns and schools can never guarantee 100 percent security. However, McEachern guarantees to limit these threats the best way they know how. Their security team has supported that vision. (photo by Ayeilie Mel)
  • Unknown Threats:
    McEachern High School students walk their school surroundings unaware of physical altercations, verbal disagreements, or any other threats presented during that day. This is because the safety of the school’s students and staff is an issue that is addressed everyday. Helping to decrease any safety issues is the school’s security team communicating daily with peers, staff and school resource officers.
    (photo by Ayeilie Mel)
  • Security Team Presence:
    “We have an open campus so it’s very difficult to secure our type of environment 100 percent, but I do believe with the presence of our security team, I feel safe and have no concerns,” administrator Krystal Wattley said. (photo by Ayeilie Mel)
  • Responsibilities:
    The Team is responsible for attending and patrolling most sporting events, all special events, as well as other events requested by teachers and administration.
    (photo by Ayeilie Mel)
  • The meaning of team:
    “Teamwork, respect, trust, honesty, integrity, and common sense are things we look for and qualities we want to see every time we work,” said junior Rashad Clark. The security team was established in 2002 and has quickly grown from five members to 18. (photo by Ayeilie Mel)
  • The Authorities:
    The team is supervised by deputy sheriff and educator Suling Beck. She has ten years of experience working as a juvenile detective.
    “Being a part-time deputy allows me to still bring first hand knowledge to the students along with a variety of guest speakers and updated training,” said Beck.
    Other forms of supervision include captains Rashad Clark and senior Jordan Williams along with sergeant Danny King.
    (photo by Ayeilie Mel)
  • Training and Experience:
    Beck has been running the law and justice program at Mceachern for fifteen years. All members of the security have taken her advanced law and justice courses as well as additional training. These classes include: Introduction to Law and Justice. Law Community Response, and Policing. And Criminal Investigations and Forensics.
    (photo by Ayeilie Mel)
  • What makes them different:
    The training and experience and that the team has received has set them apart from other programs. They get together in their former classroom in the Junior building.
    “ I have worked at and visited many schools and I have to say, the demeanor, and dress of the security team is by far one of the most professional I have ever seen.” said school administrator Brenda Rich.
    (photo by Briana Clinkscales)
  • Expectations:
    Although security members are regular students they have high expectations
    “I expect the team to lead by example and help ensure that our campus is safe. They should act in a professional manner and be supportive to each other,” said Rich.
    Security team members are also expected to always be punctual, maintain good grades, and behave appropriately both on and off campus.
    (photo by Ayeilie Mel)
  • What they have learned:
    Many security team members have had many personal growth and development.
    “Being on the Security Team gave me good leadership skills and is a reminder to stay on track with all school rules. It helps me remember to do what is right at all times. You stay out of trouble yourself. You have to be able to communicate with your peers,” said team member Joshua Carvin.
    “Being on the Security team allows you to deal with situations better and broaden your horizons. You meet new people, and make life long friends all while learning people skills.” said sergeant Danny King.
    (photo by Ayeilie Mel)
  • Looking Ahead:
    Having peers engage in the team has set the school’s security standards for the years to come. It has also helped members have the opportunity to achieve their goals.
    “ I joined the Security team to seek learning experience in criminal justice. Now I also partake in Police Explorers, which I was linked to by the help of the security team. I started partially due to the influence of Rashad Clarke and Mrs. Beck,” said sophomore Joshua Carvin.
    (photo by Ayeilie Mel)
  • Safe and Stable:
    School safety is becoming a growing nationwide concern as a result of regular physical altercations, daily verbal disagreements, and explicit threats. There will always be concerns and schools can never guarantee 100 percent security. However, McEachern guarantees to limit these threats the best way they know how. Their security team has supported that vision. (photo by Ayeilie Mel)
  • Unknown Threats:
    McEachern High School students walk their school surroundings unaware of physical altercations, verbal disagreements, or any other threats presented during that day. This is because the safety of the school’s students and staff is an issue that is addressed everyday. Helping to decrease any safety issues is the school’s security team communicating daily with peers, staff and school resource officers.
    (photo by Ayeilie Mel)

by Ayeilie Mel, Staff Writer