State College Area School District: Reinstate Alumni Day!
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The State College Area School District has recently decided that State High’s annual Alumni Day will no longer be held because of security concerns. The event, despite being a long-standing yearly tradition for the State College community, has been officially removed from SCASD’s 2013 calendars.
It can be safely assumed that the reason for canceling Alumni Day is a set of new high school security guidelines, which were implemented following a recent incident involving an alumnus entering the building unauthorized to harass a current student. According to the news release, the new rules include “more limited and supervised access points” to the school, and “not permitting anyone into the buildings who should not be present.” While these common-sense protocols are laudable, banning alumni visits is an unneeded policy that will be of little benefit in strengthening the security of the school, and will ultimately undermine the sense of community that makes State High special. In light of the admission that the recent criminal behavior was only allowed to take place due to an error, and that said error has already been addressed, it does not make sense to eliminate Alumni Day in a futile attempt to remedy a problem that no longer exists.
State High is a school, not a prison, and a single day of regulated visitors is not going to put students at risk.Graduating should not turn students into “individuals who should not be present”, and to suggest such is deeply insulting to current and future alumni. One man’s crime should not cause thousands of people to no longer feel welcome in their own school. We love State High, and want to foster a sense of community for all of its students and staff - past, present, and future.
As such, we must demand that Alumni Day be restored as a SCASD-sponsored event as soon as possible! Upon signing this petition, an email asking for the return of Alumni Day will be sent to SCASD superintendent Dr. Robert J. O’Donnell. This ensures that our voices will be heard!
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