Despite the best efforts of school districts across the U.S., school shootings continue to occur on a regular basis. More than 215,000 students have experienced gun violence at school in the 19 years since the Columbine High School shooting that occurred April 20, 1999 and claimed the lives of 15 people and injured an additional 24. In response to the threat of school active shooter events, federal, state and local authorities have implemented security approaches.
In an effort to protect children and youth, districts are increasingly utilizing high-tech security systems as well as other prevention measures, such as:
- Resource officers
- Metal detectors
- Security cameras
- Lockdown drills
- Active-shooter crisis training.
In addition, many districts have expanded mental health screening and on-campus counseling. But some experts say that these efforts are not sufficient.
In the age of unpredictability, current school response plans tend to lack flexibility, giving shooters too much time and too many targets. Take, for example, the situation at Columbine High School in 1999. Many of the victims chose to go into lockdown mode in the library, as recommended by the school’s safety procedures. However, many of the victims that sheltered in the library were killed. There was a back fire door exit that the library victims could have used to evacuate if their response protocol was not to stay still and be quiet.
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