Security at Capitol is a reality for all at Y&G
Being in the Capitol is a new experience for many Y&G delegates, but for everyone involved, there are some striking differences to the rules of high school.
Some believed that Y&G offers more freedom than the constraints of high school life.
“The Capitol rules aren’t as strict as high school,” said Sarah Watts, an advisor for Mt. Vernon.
But many students disagreed. An informal survey of delegates indicated that they feel the Capitol’s rules are much stricter.
Regardless of perceptions, security plays an important role in the Y&G weekend at the Capitol. Joe Tapscott, a Capitol security guard, weighed in on the issue.
Tapscott believed that the Capitol would be very different without strict security.
“People would bring weapons into the Capitol,” Tapscott said. “We’re here to protect the people of the Capitol.”
Tapscott also noted that the level of security depends on the level of threat to the government. Higher threat levels call for greater security.
Another question is whether or not Y&G prompts a need for more security.
Sunjith Achanta, a lobbyist from Lake Park, thought so.
“I think there would be more security… because teenagers are more immature,” Achanta said.
Watts thought that increased security creates a better experience for all.
“I think that’s why things run so smoothly,” Watts said.
Tapscott wished everyone a safe trip home this weekend.
(written by Maxwell Pearson and Alan Morgan, Sesser-Valier)