Iowa Newspaper Criticized For Publishing Map Showing Schools With No Security
DES MOINES, Iowa (CBS St. Louis) — The Des Moines Register is being criticized for publishing online a map that shows which public school districts in the state have security and which ones do not.
The interactive map, which has since been pulled down from the website, showed red dots indicating which schools did not have guards and green dots to show which schools did.
Security experts were shocked that a major newspaper would publish such a map.
“It is difficult to understand why the Des Moines Register would publish an interactive map that identifies names and locations of schools in which our children are most vulnerable to potential attack,” Charles Segars, a safety and security expert with OPSEC Alliance Partners, said in a press release.
Des Moines Register editor Rick Green told Fox News that the state’s largest newspaper was investigating security in schools.
“The tricky part of this whole thing … is that when taxpayers and residents are calling us to inquire about how safe their kids’ schools are, we have to investigate it,” Green said.