WANTAGH, NY — Students at a Long Island high school are being subjected to security protocols resembling those found at an airport. Upon entry, students are warrantlessly searched at security checkpoints. Students’ textbooks and belongings must be carried in plastic baggies, since backpacks have been prohibited. The lockers have been sealed and remain off limits to students. Even bathroom usage is restricted; students are required to sign-in to use the one accessible bathroom in the building for each gender. The measures are topped off with a brand new high-tech surveillance system throughout campus.
The dramatic security blitz is taking place at Wantagh Senior High School, found 35 miles from downtown New York City. After someone scribbled graffiti in the bathrooms about “blowing the skool up,” administrators decided to lock the campus down like a prison.
This decision will make the final 12 days of school this year quite uncomfortable for students as they prepare for year-end projects and final exams. Being forbidden to have lockers means that students have to carry their textbooks all day long in plastic bags, or else leave them in their vehicles.
School administrators intend to keep the security measures indefinitely, Fox 5 New York reported.