Six Errors of School Security – AND – How to FIX Them!

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[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1617096525762{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″ text_align=”justify”][vc_custom_heading text=”Students Safty” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]In the 20 years since the devastating Columbine attacks, we have not proven our children
safer. While no school has lost anyone to a fire in that entire time, 2018 alone saw 113 1 students and teachers killed or injured, the worst year on record; numbers people don’t want – yet numbers that aren’t changing. Worse, with terrorists planning attacks like that in the small town of Beslan, Russia,  where investigation later revealed those responsible received training from other terrorist groups with malevolence towards the United States, it is likely things will get worse before they get better. The fact that those terrorists are still monitoring attacks at local institutions should send
chills and raise awareness nation-wide.

School security has many problems, not the least of which is the inaccurate assessment of the risk involved. Because it is a hot topic, there are many using inaccurate numbers to calm people down. These people minimize the risk to our children by looking at the risk of dying 3 . The problem is not only that it undervalues the loss of those children, but also that it does not account for the effect of the loss on survivors.

Looking at the risk properly, the chances that a child will be affected by a shooting death
in their community this year is 1 in 50 4 . Over the course of their education, this increases to 1 in 5. These are frightening times for children, parents, and all friends and families. The reason that school security is continually at the forefront of current issues is that it matters to our future.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”626″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1617096511057{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”615″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ text_align=”justify”][vc_custom_heading text=”School Administrators And Districts Responsible” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]There are commonalities in school systems across the country preventing the needed
change. We’ve listed the six most significant issues for you here:
1 – The First and WORST mistake is allowing "We are safe" Thinking.
“We are safe” is EXACTLY what they thought in Parkland before the homicidal attack in
2018. Parkland was the #15 safest place in the country according to a victim’s father’s report of crime statistics. The numbers show that we aren’t safe, that our children aren’t safe in their schools. We need to stop blinding ourselves to the truth.
Because people think they are safe, they are lulled into complacency, into choosing to do
less when our suspicions are raised. While we want our children to grow up sheltered from the violence of the world, we have the responsibility to help them keep themselves safe, from all types of predators. We already teach “don’t talk to strangers”; we need to teach safety principles. This means helping everyone in the school understand what they need to do and why.
2 – Thinking "It CAN’T Happen Here;.
Thinking that it can’t happen prevents us from preparing for what might happen. Father
of Parkland Victim and safety advocate Max Schacter tries to alert people through Max shares the findings of the commission he took part in. He shows there was a lack of following the limited guidelines the school had – a result of lack of  preparation from thinking they weren’t in danger.

3 – We can get a "Quick Fix" solution.
Asking "What is the one THING that will work for us?" is the beginning of another failure. Door locks, ballistic shielding, cameras, and metal detectors are the avenues and comparisons most often sought by educators – yet research is showing that device money is the least effective money a school can spend 5 . Many of them will not cover high-risk aspects of the school day, such as recess or lunch hour. Many have incomplete application.
Devices are only as good as their application in the moment, which is how they should be
evaluated. Door locks on doors that can be kicked open or shot through or breached are not much more than a placebo. Cameras only monitor, not prevent. Metal detectors have limited functionality and require both monitoring and maintenance. Seeking the “quick fix” in school safety is no different than in any other area of life, where it usually takes more time and money to fix the fix and make things right.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1617096664841{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″ text_align=”justify”][vc_custom_heading text=”Administrations Action” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]4 – Thinking "We can be safe without affecting our community" – Refer to #1
As parents we want our children to grow up slowly; we don’t want them afraid of the
monster in the closet, much less the homicidal lunatic. Yet since many schools have mandated lock-down drills, we are already influencing them, often without explaining to them why we do this. Even more rare are the teachings of preparedness with the rationale of safety. We cannot create safe schools without creating watchful students and wary adults. The change must come
through people;s behavior.
5 – Waiting for the government or police to take care of us.
After 20 years of government service, I fully understand President Reagans joke of m here from the government and I'm here to help". The actions of the government for all may not fit the individual aspects of the community. Each community – with their awareness of who is in the community – needs to do as they see fit. Yet we need to examine those with success and learn from them. Police response will take several minutes, while the attack will likely only last a few, so we need to prepare those in the schools to take action themselves, rather than wait for someone else. As Max Schacter says, "Police will not get there in time.

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