Is your child safe at school?

Dorothy Thompson Middle School

Is your child safe at school?

Parents of Sandy Hook Elementary students might have said yes before the massacre.

A former teacher with Progreso Independent School District is raising concerns about security at Dorothy Thompson Middle School.

The teacher emailed Action 4 News, claiming security there is almost non-existent.

We went looking for answers.

Action 4 News walked right through the front door of the school.

Within seconds, we gained access to a cafeteria full of students.

If it had been an intruder with a gun, instead of a camera, the outcome could have been devastating.

The front office is behind glass but the cafeteria is open to the corridor.

"We're here to take care of the students," said Progreso I.S.D. Superintendent Dr. Fernando Castillo.

But are the students really protected with no one in sight to stop us?

We took the safety issue to the superintendent.

"Our security guard, there was a security guard here but he was absent and we did not replace him as early as we could," said Castillo.

The school doors opened without security.

The former teacher, who emailed Action 4 News, said an intercom system doesn't exist in multiple classrooms, making it harder to alert students and staff in an emergency.

"Those intercoms, they will be addressed like immediately," said Castillo.

He told us they were damaged by vandals and he admits intercoms were never even installed in newer classrooms.

As for the surveillance cameras,

"(Castillo): Uh, is that a camera?

(Principal): Yes.

(Castillo): Is the camera system working? It isn't working?

(Principal): No."

As one security concern after another was exposed, the former teacher told us no 'real' plan is in place.

"We're going to make adjustments, to make sure the students are safe," said Principal Yulia Molina.

"The superintendent is now working with Progreso Police to get one city police officer on each campus, which the district will have to pay for, in addition to the security guards they already have.

Administrators say student safety is their number one priority, but for that teacher who complained, actions are stronger than words.

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