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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Training teachers to use firearms seems a bit over the top.
Ok.....Guns are not the answer, panic buttons are not the answer, you can't stop crazy.
But if our country truly supported education, we would have funding to support necessary services. Services such as counseling, in school and after school activities, and without question a school resource officer at every school site in the country. The key is prevention. Maybe through community connections something might have been discovered, solved, or prevented. Maybe mom or the crazy young man that did this horrible act might have sought help. Again, you can't stop crazy, but you sure may be able to prevent or deter.
The one he went too was the closest one that had a sign stating "No Guns Allowed". He knew he wouldn't be met with any resistance.
Get rid of Gun Free Zones so this kind of tragedy stops.
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