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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

Smithfield's Summit school starts locking doors for safety

By Tracy L. Lund

October 30, 2006 | SMITHFIELD -- With the nation reeling from a string of school shootings, Summit Elementary wants to make sure its students are as safe as possible.

As of Oct. 16, all outside doors to the school building except the door closest to the office have been locked during school hours. Students may enter through any of the doors before school begins, but at 8:55 the doors are locked and will remain locked for the entire day.

Carol White, administrative assistant to the superintendent of the Cache County School District, said the district was spurred into action when phone calls from concerned parents started coming in. "After the recent tragedies across the country, we have had parents calling and telling us they can get into their child's school at any time, through any door and wanting to know what we could do about it."

White said the policy is to some degree district-wide. "It's easier to have a locked door policy at the elementary level rather than the secondary level," she said. "At the secondary schools, there are more doors as well as different buildings students need access to for classes."

Trudy Wilson, Summit Elementary principal said, "learning is our number one priority and in order for students to learn, they need to feel safe." Wilson said Summit decided to adopt this policy at a recent principals' meeting, when the superintendent of the school district strongly suggested it.

In addition to the locked door policy, Summit school is asking that all visitors check in at the office and get a visitor's sticker. "This is all in an effort to know who is in our building at any given time," Wilson said.

Wilson said the doors can be opened from the outside by a keyless remote which all staff members carry. "Each remote can be deactivated separately from the system," Wilson said. "That way if one gets lost, we can just deactivate that one, rather than have to re-key the whole system."

Wilson said since the implementation of the locked door policy the school has had no problems or complaints from students or parents.


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