Of course we'd hope to feel safe at our workplace, however, things still happen. For those of you who work at schools in rough, crime-ridden areas, what extra things do you do to feel safer? Does anyone have security guards who walk people to their cars at the end of the day? I guess teachers can't really carry around mace or pepper spray, right? (Even though they'd probably feel better if they could!) Does anyone have any scary incidences occur on campus? I feel pretty safe in the schools in my dist & I've worked at many on a long-term basis. I'm definitely not looking over my shoulder walking around campus & there's no reason for me to be slightly off campus (on foot or in my car), unless it's a VERY rare time I'm going to lunch w/ someone (which I'd be in the car). Plus, I'm nev at any high schools, so I don't need to worry about male students overpowering me. When work's over, I'm in my car driving back to my area, there's no reason to linger. I've been working for my dist since 1999 & I heard of a car break-in in the school parking lot once, maybe twice. Once yrs before that, a school I was at that day was on lockdown, but nothing came of it. I'm sure a couple more things happen than what I hear about.