Wednesday, February 20 2013, 11:54 AM CST
Safe Zones: Schools offer easy access
MEDFORD, Ore. -- When parents send their children to school, they want to assume they are safe.
But are they?
The United States has seen a number of horrific school shootings since 1998.
The May 21, 1998, a shooting in Springfield left two Thurston High School student dead and 22 wounded. On April 20, 1999 two students walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., and opened fire. They killed 12 students and one teacher.
Just recently, a man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and killed 20 children and six adults.
"Every school is an idiot away from something like this happening," said Dennis Misner, the principal at North Valley High School. "And when I use the word idiot, I think that means an individual without total regard to other human beings."
The threat often prompts districts to make changes like building fences, locking doors and increasing security.
But even with those changes, access to school campuses is still open.
"My first impression is we have a pretty open campus," Misner said.
He isn't alone. Ashland High School principal Michelle Zundle isn't surprised that people walk through her campus.
Just recently, News10 reporters walked into area high schools. In every case, no one stopped the reporters and didn't seem to care that they were there.
At one point, a reporter interrupted a class. No one said anything.
Still, school leaders say they have plans in place and taking steps to keep students safe.