Now, I know many (most) US schools are not like that. But I know that more of them are than we admit. I know several parents/students that have described their schools like this.
I cannot believe the attitude of the school staff. If they see any of the students in the hall, security and such are dispatched "quickly." Jesus Fucking Christ.
Nobody sees what's wrong with this? If I was a parent sending my children to such a facility, I would be disgusted, outraged and horrified. My kids would be out of there in ten fucking minutes, and shame on any parent who would do different (unless they had no choice).
I know what those who would try to defend the school would say, and it's bollocks. The fact is, it's highly unlikely that the school (that looks far less hospitable and conducive to study than the prison!) has any genuine need for security measures that strict and invasive - and certain no good reason for looking like that. There's no way they didn't design it to look like a prison on purpose.
There's no question that the prison, filled with criminals, is getting more funding than the school filled with students.
But I know some schools like that do exist. My own looked FAR nicer (though still very drab; is there some law that public high schools need to look like shit?), but I had to deal with assholes at school and outside of it. Readers of my stories will know that I am perfectly aware that violent students exist in dangerous schools, but they're missing my point.
Either that school is being run like a prison for no good reason, and I won't let my kids be accustomed to surveillance and being treated like prisoners, or it's being run that way for a good reason and I'll be damned if my kids are staying there for more than the amount of time it takes for me to get the paperwork done.
Nobody else in the world does this, d'ya understand? America is not such a special case that it has good cause for doing this to its teenagers - and anyone who brings up "school shootings" needs to be punched straight in the mouth. Take your panic-mongering elsewhere. Take it to the victims of shark attacks in the last twenty years, there's more of those than school shooting victims.