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China strengthens school safety

05-14-2010 08:52 BJT

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After six attacks on schoolchildren in two months, China is on red alert. The vast majority of schools and kindergartens have beefed up their security to protect the most vulnerable group. CCTV reporter Wang Mangmang visits one campus in Beijing to find out what's being done.

Doors are kept shut throughout school hours. It's now an everyday duty for policemen to stand guard when students arrive at and leave the campus.

Their presence is a relief to parents, especially those of early graders'.

Chen Hongyu, parent of grade two student, said, "Policemen can certainly keep my kid away from potential risks, so I'm not afraid."

Liu Yan, parent of grade one student, said, "School gave parents a student ID with the children's picture. So whoever picks up the kid has to show the card to be able to get in. Strangers cannot approach the children. This is very thoughtful and important."

And security can never be too much. Teachers, schools guards, and community workers are also part of the campaign against attacks. Every school is equipped with stab-resistant vests, cut-resistant gloves, pepper sprays, and steel forks to defend children in case of emergency.

He Jun, deputy director of W. Chang'an Avenue Police Station, said, "This equipment has been in place for two weeks. We have been ordered to patrol every school and kindergarten in our district during rush hour. And we offer lectures on security precautions quite frequently."

Cui Fuyun, principal of Chang'an Primary School, said, "We've always had security mechanisms, but it's always necessary to update them as social conditions change. Right now, we're working on a safety network to protect the students in and outside school. This is something we cannot afford to fail."

As they practice their moves on the school field, it's hoped the security measures will mean these students never have to use these skills to protect themselves.

CCTV reporter Wang Mangmang said, "The innocence of youth makes children easy targets for those who want to get back at society. Now China promises zero tolerance of such brutality. Strengthening protective measures will hopefully reassure worried parents, but it will take more than closed doors, guards, and patrol cars to make them and their children feel secure.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CCTV.com

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