If your look at the most recently build schools they have almost no windows, very few doors, and are surrounded by chain link fences. If that is not a type of prison I don’t know what is.
Most new schools also have guards or police officers on duty - teachers who sexually abuse attractive inmates - oops, I mean students, and an adversarial relationship with the parents of the 'students. Also when a teacher's a thug - or violent, the 'system' doesn't fire them...
You have a point there, WMarshal
My son is a homeschooler. Last year he took a first period Tech class at our local HS.
The first few days he would wait outside for me to pick him up. Many adults would approach and ask him what he was doing outside. He would explain that he was was waiting for a ride home.
He asked me why so many people had come out to check on him.
I told him the truth, they were afraid he was an escapee.