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A Call for More Effective Prevention of School Violence

In Response to the Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School
Position Statement of the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence http://curry.virginia.edu/articles/sandyhookshooting

Endorsed by more than 100 organizations and more than 200 prevention scholars and practitioners

"The undersigned school violence prevention researchers and practitioners and associated organizations wish to comment on the tragic acts of violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which have shaken the nation, and express our deepest condolences to families and loved ones of the victims and the entire Newtown community. We all share a common priority: Keeping our children safe. We need to come together in our communities to share our grief and talk about how we can move forward in light of this tragic event. This document updates the School Shootings Position Statement that was disseminated nationally following the tragic school-related shootings of 2006...
http://curry.virginia.edu/articles/sandyhookshooting


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School Safety: Inside One School's Extraordinary Security Measures

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While schools across America reassess their security measures in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., one school outside of Chicago takes safety to a whole new level.

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gema Amador's curator insight, December 19, 2012 12:25 PM

While schools across America reassess their security measures in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., one school outside of Chicago takes safety to a whole new level.

 

The security measures at Middleton Elementary School start the moment you set foot on campus, with a camera-equipped doorbell.

 

Once the employees let you through the first set of doors, you are only able to go as far as a vestibule. There you hand over your ID so the school can run a quick background check using a visitor management system devised by Raptor Technologies

 

if you pass the background check, you are given a new photo ID — attached to a bright orange lanyard — to wear the entire time you are inside the school. Even parents who come to the school on a daily basis still have to wear the lanyard.

“The rules apply to everyone,” Donegan said.

 

Classroom doors open inward — not outward — and lock from the inside, providing teachers and students security if an intruder is in the hallway. Some employees carry digital two-way radios, enabling them to communicate at all times with the push of a button. Administrators such as Donegan are able to watch the school’s security video on their mobile devices. Barricades line the edge of the school’s parking lot, keeping cars from pulling up close to the entrance.

Teachers say all the security makes them feel safe inside the school.

Justcoolgear's curator insight, January 4, 2013 9:04 AM

This definately is a new level.

 

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School safety: learning from what Sandy Hook did right

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Even as superintendents and principals around the country scramble to update safety plans and investigate new options, they also face a grim reality: Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., did pretty much everything right.


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Can We Make Our Schools Safe? - Daily Beast

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Every parent, including me, has been agonizing over how our schools can be made safer.

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I feel that there should be stricter safety rules in every school. There should be armed guards in every schools entrance for precautions, in case an intruder trys to get in with an armed weapon. If the school can provide metal detectors in case an adult or even a student tried to sneak in a weapon, it can prevent a disaster from taking place.  

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gema Amador's curator insight, December 19, 2012 1:14 PM

No one is feeling the strain of trying to normalize life more today than teachers, who as they walk in the front door of their schools have to remember how 27-year-old Victoria Soto died on Friday in Newtown. She hid her students in cabinets and a closet and told her killer they were at the gym. He gunned her down and left to find more victims. The children are alive to tell about it.

 

Every parent, including me, has been agonizing over how our schools can be made safer. We can no longer get on an airplane without taking off our shoes and packing tiny tubes of toothpaste; should Newtown be to school safety what 9/11 was to airline travel? Is it even possible?

 

 whether gun laws are tightened or not, you would need armed guards at every school entrance in case an intruder tries to shoot his way in. You would need metal detectors in case a disgruntled student tried to smuggle in a weapon. We could make our schools safer by taking drastic measures.

 

But at what price? Would we be robbing our children of their innocence by turning their places of learning into an armed camp?

 

the armed guards need to be at the entrance; they would have to be “gun ready” for their presence to dissuade an armed intruder. “That’s what the kids would be seeing every day.” Not a pleasant thought.