Districts look to beef up school safety with panic buttons, bullet-proof glass
In the wake of the Newtown shootings, many schools are taking measures to beef-up security.
Not surprisingly, school districts across the country are taking a closer look at their security plans in the wake of the Connecticut mass shooting. Talks range from installing panic buttons and bullet-proof glass to evaluating safety procedures and running extra lockdown drills.
In Connecticut, 850 school and police officials, as well as parents, school board members and others met in Southington on Monday to gain insights from national experts about how to make schools more secure, reports The Hartford Courant.
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Joseph Cirasuolo, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, one of the groups that organized the conference, was quoted "We just want to make sure people know what the facts are on a variety of issues, to help them have an informed conversation instead of one overridden by emotion."
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Although the West Hartford School District already has a buzzer entry system and cameras in place, they’re headed toward installing a panic button, which if pressed, would alert teachers of the need to lock down certain sections of the building and summon the police.
Jennings Smith, a Canton-based firm that provides school security services, has experienced a swell in interest since the Newtown shooting. Owner Bill Smith said that starting on the night of the tragedy, he has gotten calls from districts all across the country.
But, a creating good security plan is a complicated undertaking. It requires hardware and other security products, as well as the human element of people, policies and procedures, Smith said. It’s also important to take a "reasoned approach,” Smith was quoted. “You can ramp up to the point where you start making schools look like correctional facilities.”
What measures do you think schools should (or shouldn’t) take to increase security?
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Its funny that Mayor Bloomburg said the NRA was stupid to propose having armed security people in Schools. But the good mayor is in charge of New York City schools and they have over 350 ARMED SECURITY GUARDS in their schools.
If its so stupid then why has Bloomburg been doing it for a long time.
The idea is that an armed psychopath is not going to go to a building with armed security IN THE FIRST PLACE !!!! he is going to go look for a soft target. Just the fact that a couple of uniformed trained men with guns is at the facility is a big deterent
Well, it isn't a bad idea, however, wouldn't the shooter be locked inside with the kids. And it says no one can get inside, does that mean the police can't get to the shooter? The article is a litle confusing.
A school in Delaware already has armed guards at the entry to the school.
Arpio in Arizona has volunteers and wants to give "firearms trained" school officals guns to carry in school.
The world is offically jumped in the handbasket and we are headed south when you have to put the words "armed" and "school" together.
Yes, let's do whatever else we can think of instead of dealing with the real issue which is preventing high-capacity guns form getting into the wrong hands. What is a panic button going to do when a guy with an assault rifle capable of shooting right through a wooden door into a classroom going to do to stop him. By the time your panic button sends an SOS to the local police or security guard, fifty people would get mowed down with thse weapons. Get a grip people. You cannot stop these massacres unless you stop these high-capacity guns from getting into the hands of the wrong people. Background checks are critical. Close the gun show loopholes. Prohibit the selling of these murderous weapons over the Internet. That is how the Virginia Tech shooter got his guns--over the Internet. He shot right through the doors of a classroom killing dozens. Get it through your think skulls that "bullet-proof glass" and "panic buttons" won't stop the bullets from doing damage.
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