School: A Haven or Hell?


A school is like a second home to most students, but is this feeling enough to protect children from the dangers of natural disasters? For some, the schools are providing a temporary home while parents remain missing in the debris but others can only view the buildings as “graveyards.” Students at local elementary schools were defenseless against the killer tsunami wave that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 closely following a magnitude 9 earthquake. Those surviving the disaster claim that the students were well informed of the proper procedures for protection and the school had enforced this at the time. In fact, all the students were evacuated outside after ten teachers were killed in the original effects of the earthquake; they simply had no idea of the wave to come. From this we can note that students were educated on safety yet still ninety were unable to beat the odds. [rvd: I would argue that they were well educated on EQ safety but poorly educated on Tsunami safety]

Alexis P

Glionna, John M. “Parents in Japan comb through school that’s now a graveyard.” Los Angeles Times. N.p., 22 Mar. 2011. Web. 22 Apr. 2011

Sitting silent in their classroom, the 30 children whose parents have not come to collect them after tsunami swept away their town. Mail Online. N.p., 18 Mar. 2011. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.

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One Response to School: A Haven or Hell?

  1. isp203student says:

    I agree with you. I feel like schools can only do so much protection as being anywhere else. Its just a matter of know the right procedures.

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