NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lakeshore high school has spent thousands of dollars to upgrade its security following a concern from earlier this year.
Mona Shores High School has added new security technology to an older building after recommendations from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
It's week one of the new security and plenty of parents are struggling with the front doors, but they're not fighting against the policy.
"As far as the safety of the kids, that's more important than my little inconvenience," said parent Theresa Vredeveld.
The main entrance is now the only way into the building. Principal Jennifer Bustard showed WZZM 13 the other security features.
"In order to enter the high school, they have to push this button." And once the office gives an all clear, "We'll enter the building and as you walk into the front entrance, we have new safety windows so the gals at the front entrance can see us coming," said Bustard.
As soon as you enter the school building, you're not only being captured on video surveillance, but anything you say, an in school police officer can hear.
The high school made the changes after recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security earlier this year.
"We didn't have windows, didn't have cameras, so we were kind of blind knowing who was coming into the building," said school secretary, Becky Lund.
"We were very concerned about the fact that we couldn't have someone watching that area during the school days and now we can control it," said Bustard,
"When the school was designed, it was not designed with safety in mind, and many, many schools are designed that way," said Norton Shores Police officer Jared Passchier.
A $13,000 investment for some piece of mind.
"We have to be ready for what could happen-- the 'what ifs,'" said Bustard.
And a plan to prepare for the worst.