How Glass in Buildings is Unsafe


Kirsten Dannely

Glass: a hard, brittle substance, typically transparent or translucent, made by fusing sand with soda, lime, and sometimes other ingredients and cooling rapidly. It is used to make windows, and drinking containers, etc. Glass is one of the most useful tools in making buildings look cooler, but they are terrible when it comes to safety.

Although glass is tough against some things, it can also be easily broken by, per say, a baseball thrown too hard by a student having fun at lunch, a fight, running into the window by accident, and not to mention it has no privacy. If a school shooter were to somehow end up in the school building, you can have a lockdown and hide in the classrooms, but if there are huge windows in the classroom then it’s not going to help to hide. Not to mention they could just shoot the glass to get in the classroom, so the door being locked isn’t going to help either.

If there were to be a natural disaster, a earthquake for example, there is the possibility that the windows can break. Now when windows break, they can break off in sharp pieces that can go into eyes, or possibly into skin. If the shard is big enough it can stab an unfortunate student who was peacefully walking back to class.

Instead of using a lot of glass to create buildings and make things look cooler, we should focus on the safety of students. Because of the first fact that nobody cares about how the building looks, we come here to learn. The second thing is that we are the future, and we’d rather live to see it.