About the Series

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs and Student Television Network investigate how schools across the country are rethinking what it means to feel safe and be safe at school.


Because of the weather on Hawaii, schools are open, sprawling campuses. What challenges does this pose? A student, an architect and a school counselor talk about the trade-offs between safety and security.

Camera work: Roxanne Agtang, Austin Alimbuyuguen, Marcela Bator, Sydney Dempsey, Renezel Lagran, Raeanna Labrador-Pollick and Zoe Whitney
Drone footage: Ian Forbes
Editors: Giel Tolentino and Zoe Whitney
Voiceover: Sydney Dempsey
Writer: Zoe Whitney
SRL adviser: Clint Gima


Fourteen-year-old Maui High School freshman Ian Forbes uses his piloting skills to shoot aerial footage with his drone. At one point, Ian couldn’t see the drone because it was so high.

“It’s nice having the new technology these days. Now I can fly the drone without looking at it via fpv (first person view), which allows me to have a live stream straight from the camera,” he said.

In less than a year, the Federal Aviation Administration will release a new set of rules for flying drones. If implemented, Ian will not be able to fly his drone again until he is 17 years old.


Freshman Ian Forbes captures aerial footage for Maui High’s school safety video.