School Safety, Trainees Find Solutions

The term ended far in a different way state championship appearances. And ultimately, another assembly in the exact same space where the stabbing occurred.

Something else took place over the course of the semester.

Students acted. Quietly. Successfully. Anybody who has a young adult in their life, whether at LPS or somewhere else, knows they have had a different experience than the generation above them. Violence, at a school, a show or a motion picture theatre, is something they’ve been exposed to all of their days. While the Luther event only included 2 trainees, and was eliminated quickly, the violence was no less terrible, and brought home the reality that something might happen anywhere, any time.

Would this generation lean in to being victims and let the adults attempt to exercise the services and policies? Or could the trainees do something?

Luther FFA Smith and Mohr
Smith and Mohr Elders Wayne Smith and Luke Mohr grabbed an idea put forth by their Ag Instructor and Consultant Holly Drake. Looking around online, she had found a door lock device in another state that was metal made, a tool she knew her students could make.

Mohr, the present FFA president, and Smith are amongst her leaders, and skilled at metal fabrication. They had experience in welding fences at their farms, and making fire pits or gates in class. Some of those projects will be for up for auction at the annual FFA fund-raising occasion on January 21, 2019.

They are also older siblings to brothers and sisters showing up behind them. They consented to take on this job.

With the equipment, the software application and the perseverance to not just develop their own prototype, but fine-tune it, Mohr and Smith went through a few rounds of experimentation, however lastly developed a satisfactory door lock in style and function. With support from the administration, they purchased the steel, the red paint and made 26 locks to fit on every door in the center school. The other schools are next.

The gadget slips over the elbow of a door system to avoid it from being opened. In theory, the “lockdown door lock” might stall an intruder from breaking through a door. It would purchase valuable seconds if the unthinkable came to pass.

While LPS has carried out other actions to improve trainee security, including hiring a School Resource Officer, and other procedures, this action from the students enhances students safety, and makes the students part of the process to address a continuous societal issue.

The devices are for sale– priced to cover costs plus provide some assistance to the growing LHS program. When new SRO Chris Tate saw the lockdowns, he said other districts with SROs might be interested in addition to any organisation in Luther and beyond. Officer Tate put Mohr and Smith through a round of concerns and answers that was as intense as the program Shark Tank that provides entrepreneurs a chance. Tate approved.

Mohr and Smith plan to deal with the task for the elementary and high school buildings throughout their last semester of high school. They have gained practical experience in manufacturing, entrepreneurship and finding options while serving others. It’s education that ended the term on a high note.


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