By Noemi Vazquez
Our campus may feel enclosed, due to the tall thick black gates that surround us and with security roaming around as if they’re watching our every move, but this is high school.
Despite what we young, impressionable youths are feeling, as if we are trapped inside prison, when we walk through the black gates of EHS every morning, we are not in prison. Prison is very different.
“No [high school] is like prison. You get to come and go as you please,” said Substitute Security Larry Gordon.
Our campus is very open. A prison, by definition is, a building (or vessel) in which people are legally held as a punishment for crimes they have committed or while awaiting trial. We are not held against our will on campus as punishment for crimes nor awaiting trial.
“Students don’t understand the freedom they have.. We don’t have uniforms… We are a student-centered campus,” said Principal Rich Watkins.
Our campus may feel as if we are in prison, due to the gates that surround us and with security, but those measurements are there for our safety. With those gates, unwanted intruders stay out and have trouble getting onto our campus. Security is an extra set of eyes to keep us all safer.
“Security is not as much a part of your life as they would be if you were in prison,” said Police Officer Aaron Reeber.
Yes, I agree that high school and prison have similarities. For example, in prison, they are placed by classification and their are four ranks. In high school we have four years. The difference is we get to go home at the end of each day, they don’t.
“I don’t think school is like prison since I get to go home. It’s a place where I’m bettering my education and preparing for my future,” said Junior Kim Hernandez.
Prisoners spend most of their days in cells. away from loved ones. Some spend years and others maybe just a few months. They are there due to felonies they have committed. Either way, they’re locked up and they can’t leave. They made their choices that landed them in prison. While we still have our freedom, we decide what we do with it.
“The thing is parents want their kids to go to school, but they don’t want them to go to prison,” said Police Officer Reeber.
The campus is more open and gives us more room to hang out. Prison courtyards are smaller and feel more restricted. Our gates keep unwanted people out, there gates are meant to keep people in.