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article on high school security

Monday, June 05, 2006

Yesterday the Washington Post Magazine ran an article about security in high schools, spending a week with the head of a local high school security team. Changes in high schools in regards to security (security guards, presence of metal detectors, etc.) isn't something you often see in young adult novels (off the top of my head, the only one I can think of that does show this is Laurie Halse Anderson's excellent Prom) and I think the article provides an interesting look at concerns all schools (even ones in affluent areas) wrestle with.

Crimes and Misdemeanors: A Week in the Life of a High School Security Guard by Michael Leary


Blogger Diana Peterfreund said...

There's also AFTER, which is a rather chilling dystopian fable by Francine Prose about hte monumental changes that happen in a public high school after a nearby school shooting.

June 25, 2006 7:25 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

I haven't read any Francine Prose other than Blue Angel, but that does sound interesting! (Plus I had no idea she'd ever written YA)

However, both PROM and the WP magazine article focused on the 'normal' day-to-day stuff that goes on in high schools now in terms of security (which I still maintain isn't often seen in YA), and not on Columbine-style school shootings and their aftermath (which I do think can be found in several YA and lit fic titles). Although, obviously, I think many of the security precautions now seen at schools stem from those shootings, so...

Congrats, btw, on the new website, and yay! for your book coming out soon!

June 26, 2006 6:42 AM  

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