The article about the fences makes interesting reading. How large was the sample? i am sure that the main reason behind the gates was security for students and staff. After visiting some schools in New York a couple of years ago, where there were fences and policemen and policewomen patrolling the corridors, we dont seem so badly off. The comments about control and behaviour are interesting though. Maybe this group should come to the school council meeting and share your ideas there…..