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Hilltop News Press (Newspaper) - May 3, 1989, Cincinnati, Ohio18.  irs��aof6s6>0 3�s> ups yet hip 35 emits o it i i a a i u o t/1 j it o sex o re t o to a old i n o o o it j a o it 1 a j x i o it u o a f <0 d i top news press �119 Brentwood College Hill Finneytown Forest Park Greenhills my. Airy it. Healthy new Burlington North College Hill Springfield twp. Vol. 71, no. 17 two sections 30 pages wednesday May 3, 1989schools flunk Entrance exam unlocked doors provide Access by Joe Beach managing editor a 1989 press Community newspapers entering Cincinnati area elementary schools is As simple As walking through an unlocked door. Eighty three of 89 City and suburban elementary schools visited april 19 were accessible through unlocked Side or Back doors. In some cases doors had been propped open allowing easy Access to classroom areas. Editors reporters and photographers representing 18 press Community newspapers visited suburban and City schools to see How difficult it is to enter area Public school in Light of school shooting incidents last year in Winnetka this year in Stockton Calif. Eighty one area schools were entered. Under terms of the test staff members were to look for an unlocked door other than the school s main Entrance. Once inside press employees were to go to the office area and out the main door. Staffers did not enter doors displaying a no trespassing signs but did Check to see if those doors were unlocked. Staffers entered schools laying signs asking visitors to report to the display office. Most of the visits took place Between 8 30 . And noon. Although Many schools visited have a policy requiring teachers to Stop unauthorized visitors staffers were stopped by school personnel in 10 of the schools entered. Most were allowed to proceed after explaining they were on their Way to the main office. In several cases teachers acknowledged press staffers As they passed them in the Halls but did not ask to see a pass. Only two both men were seriously challenged. A staff reporter was stopped by a custodian at Blue Ash elementary school and was escorted to the principals office. The reporter left the office and the building unescorted but was stopped in the parking lot by the custodian and asked for identification. An editor was stopped by a staff member at it. Washington elementary school and escorted to the principal s office. That principal later alerted other Cincinnati Public schools. No other press employees were challenged however. John Brunner a spokesman for Cincinnati Public schools the areas largest school District. Said the District has taken Security precautions to control visitors in the schools. At the same time however the District does not want to discourage visits by parents. A we Are very concerned with the Security of the students and the staff a he said. A we take it seri0usly. Tom Dixon associate director of Security services said school doors Are supposed to be locked so they can to be opened from the outside. A we done to leave them open to the Public a be said. Its impossible he said to guard every door aft to guarantee each door is always locked. As with most schools visited Cincinnati schools display signs requesting visitors to report to the office before visiting classrooms or other school areas. All staff members Are instructed to Challenge strangers he said. Please see flunk a14 officials interested by school Access by held Fallon staff reporter just How accessible elementary schools Are to the Public was tested april 19. Press staff members went to 11 element Arles in the Finneytown Greenhills Forest Park North College Hill Cincinnati and it. Healthy districts. They were Able to enter All of the buildings through Side and rear doors and none were stopped or questioned in any school. Superintendents and building principals contacted after the assignment expressed their interest and their concern. Finneytown a a we be had informal discussions about building Security a Finneytown superintendent Donald Schmidt said. A i find this assignment very interesting and it will be something we a definitely be at Whitaker elementary 7400 Winton Road a press employee entered a North door walked past two students sitting in the hallway proceeding Down the Hall until encountering an adult assumed to be a teacher. The press staffer was not asked Why he was in the building. At Cottonwood elementary 8513 Cottonwood drive the same staff person tried five doors before finding one unlocked. Please see interest a14briefly sprouts away members of the Forest Park gardeners who have been sprouting off for 30 years will sponsor their 28th annual Flower Sale from 9 . To 3 30 . May 13 at Forest Park Plaza Waycross Ana Northland roads. Proceeds from the Sale will be used to provide Flowers for 20 Forest Park Public plantings at City Entrance signs and other Flower Beds on City property. The club estimates that dose to 9,000 annuals hanging baskets and vegetable plants will be sold May 13. A museum open Cary cottage historic House museum will be open sunday May 7 from 1 to 4 . For guided Tours through the restored 1832 Home of Alice and Phoebe Cary 5, at 7000 Hamilton ave. Its on the Clove Nook Home the annual Geranium sude will be Heid on the Lawn from 12 30 . Orders for the Rod Salmon Pink and White plants can be placed with mrs. Miller at 825-2586. Proceeds Benefit the cottage. For More information Call 522-3860.745-0555 editorial Are our schools Safe on any Given Day you can usually walk unquestioned and unchecked into any Public elementary school in greater Cincinnati. The teachers will smile and say a Good the students if Between classes will walk beside you assuming you Are a teacher or administrator on your Way to somewhere else. On april 19, More than 40 editors reporters and photographers from press Community newspapers visited 89 Public elementary schools throughout Hamilton Clermont and Butler counties. In Only two schools did a teacher or administrator Stop one of our staffers and ask for identification. Are our schools Safe could someone meaning harm to our school children accomplish his objective the answer to the first question is not an easy yes or no. Unfortunately the answer to the second question is schools in Cincinnati Are not unique. Schools in California and Illinois recently witnessed tragic incidents where a number of children were killed wantonly by outsiders. The Only foolproof Way to avoid any breach of Security would be to build a Fence around the school grounds and Post armed guards at each Comer. But god forbid the Day when our schools become their own prisons. An educational environment demands Freedom of expression and Freedom of movement. It would be a sad Day if our teachers turned from saying a Good morning a to a do you have a gun a there is another Way. Teach our students our teachers and our administrators How to spot an intruder and then How to Deal with the intrusion. Perhaps once a semester there should be formal Security sessions with role playing participants posing All types of situations. Parents would also need to be involved since they most frequently would be the a a intruders in the school. Parents would have to sympathize with the right of the school to demand identification. They would have to understand that such measures Are necessary to reasonably provide a a a Safe school. It we Are sure that Security measures have been discussed and Are in place in some elementary schools. But on april 19, few were in practice. We plan to go Back to the schools next year. We Hope we Are stopped. Photo illustration by Bob Wojcieszak press staff disease changes their daily lives victims react differently to my by held Fallon staff reporter thought i was crazy. It definitely Wasny to gradual with Community classified Sharon Meyer and Joan Welage have a potentially fatal disease. They also have Hope. Meyer and Welage Are two extremes of the neuromuscular disease myasthenia Gravis. Meyer a Finneytown resident has been in drug free remission for two years. Welage Isnit so Lucky. Frequently resorting to a wheelchair sometimes just to navigate around her Green mls Hom Welage takes 100 different types of pills a Day. Some pills Are for the disease others to counteract the Side effects of the pills themselves. A i use a timer to remind me to take All these pills a she said. A i can to forget. Its not an aspirin. If i done to take them i get weaker i can to breathe and i could in addition to the Medicine Welage undergoes plasma Here dissimilar to kidney dialysis every two weeks and says a it helps my hit Welage two weeks after her 16th birthday. �?o1 was trying to read something to my Mother when All of a sudden my words were tripping Over each other a she said. A the doctor gave me Medicine for my nerves. He Meyer was diagnosed in 1984, 1st before her 30th birthday. T told my friends that id heard turning 30 was the pits hut this was ridiculous a Meyer said. A while the disease seemed to hit All at once looking Back i could see the symptoms were there. A i was fatigued All the time and As a result i would get depressed. There were times when i would push my plate away at the dinner table and put my head Down. I was just too tired to what she self diagnosed As an inner ear infection turned out to be my and landed her in the intensive care unit for two weeks. A the first thing the doctor told us was done to go to the Library a Meyer said. A there is so much outdated information and so Many new treatments available it would Only confuse and frighten an my patient to research it on their my is easy to misdiagnosed Meyer said. The symptoms May other illnesses or appear disappear and then reappear Over a a there a a difference Between being tired and being muscle tired a Meyer said. A my arms Felt Uke they weights on them. You a i told my friends that old heard turning to was the pits but this was ridiculous. While the disease seemed to hit All at once looking Back i could see the symptoms were a Sharon Meyer want to move but your body just wont along with the medicines that help some my victims a surgical procedure called a thyme Tomy helps about 85 percent of Myasthenic patients. Both Meyer and Welage have had their thymus gland removed. While my is a relatively obscure disease it has gotten some notoriety As a subplot on a popular soap a a id Stan Tia Rogers a Horton on a Day s of our lives,�?T1 has the disease and it was written into the script. A when i saw Maggie stumbling around and c complain in g about being tired All the time i told my friends t know what a wrong with her i was right a Meyer said. Please see lives a18 Usa souvers press staff Joan Welage says the hat of pills she lakes a is to prove her Point Welage propped up the 100 different kinds of pills she takes everyday at a victim of myasthenia Gravis. Welage left and Sharon Meyer Are two extremes of the potentially fatal disease. Both women have been Active with the local my foundation chapter and Are hoping this weeks my awareness week will help teach others about the disease and possibly help Start a local support group. Do but. _________.a19 Lifa Tyte. attic. A a l a. .49 a i my. 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