it is a very eery feeling walking my son into his school. we walk through a hallway that is set up exactly like an airport security checkpoint. you are channeled forcibly to walk through metal detectors, there are police officers with metal detecting wands and broad chests. i think i am supposed to feel safe bc there is the feeling that “we ain’t lettin’ nothin get in here that can hurt your kid!” but i don’t feel safe, my son doesn’t feel safe. we are well aware that a teacher has taken a loaded gun into that very same school! my middle son has found security blind spots since his first day in high school. he brought to the teachers and the principals bc he thought maybe they just missed it, and well, he felt he was doing a good thing. but instead of addressing the issue, they told my son he shouldn’t be worrying about those sorts of things, he was safe. there are drug dogs roaming the halls and militant police officers at the ready.
we drive down the road and our pictures are constantly being taken and uploaded for analysis. the police are able to see who a vehicle is registered to and if they are a “threat” by simply driving by a car, they don’t even have to push a button anymore. the amount of electricity your house uses is monitored. your travel records are constantly updated. your credit card spending is databased- all for your protection.
but are we safer? is this safety really? i do not feel secure. i do not feel ok or snuggly warm knowing that no matter what i am being watched. it makes me sad. it makes me paranoid. it makes me angry!