What good does hardening do when someone buzzes the bad guy in? We have tried to hard to take the "people" element out of it and really on things. We need prepared willing individuals carrying in schools.
I heard someone on radio suggest we utilize LE who are on job related disability retirement, and retirees. It was suggested that since these people were already trained, offer those on disability a little more than they are receiving and pay them to secure the school.
Many officers on disability are not unable to do this type of job, and since they are already getting a check, why not put them back in use, and protect our children.
Its a win-win. Children are protected, and some disabled and retired officers can make extra money, and still be of service to the community.
So we have armed guards at a bank protecting what? Money? Fake crap at that and something that is insured. We have armed guards at so many other locations, like sporting events too but we do nothing to protect our most valuable assets, our children. We offer gun free zones which mean nothing to a criminal or crazy person except that they will have no resistance. It's stupid but then again, it's the government and the liberal way.
Here is some Factoids for you:
1. No US children have been killed in school fires for the 30 years! So should we stop putting in fire sprinklers?
2. 1998 - 47 students died in school violence; 2007 - 63 students died in school violence
3. In 2009 there were 600 attacks on schools in Afghanistan!
4. From 1950 to 2005 we have seen an increase of over 500% in violent assaults! Note the murder rate has decrease and this is due to advances within our medical system.
Ever since Ma'a Lot, Israel has had armed security in every school. If we look at the Newtown or the event in China (attached) maybe we should require our teachers to be school in self defense?
My opinion and my opinion only - the advances seen in our medical system will slowly grind to a halt under ObamaCare!
Link to the China story: Knife-wielding man injures 22 children in China - Courant.com
1) During school hours, all perimiter doors should be locked to the outside.
Buzzers with cameras to allow PARENTS/GUARDIANS and teachers/administrators access into the facility.
Office staff to allow said individuals access ONLY after confirming they actually have business there; IE there to pickup a sick child early.
2) When the doors are opened from someone on the inside to leave, they should have a timed sensor to alert officials AND the local police precinct of the status of that particular door.
Someone props door open, door alarm goes off after 30 seconds, or whatever is deemed a reasonable alloted time.
3) ALL classroom doors are to be of steel construction, with lockable (deadbolt type) mechanism activated by the teacher with only a small window perhaps 4 inches x 4 inches wide.
We protect the criminals in such a manner when they are "incarcerated", why not our children.
My kids went to a private school K-8, and you had to get buzzed in after being confirmed that you were a parent there on official school business.
That would be cheaper than a school massacre
Bloomberg can go to Hades with his mantra.
I am for hardening our schools, allowing our teachers to defend themselves, and armed security in some of our schools. But I see mostly a need to treat our mental patients differently. The last few mass shooters that come to mind were currently being treated for mental issues. The Colorado movie shooter, the VA Tech shooter, and the AZ shooter all come to mind. What can we do to prevent them from buying weapons! We already have back ground checks, But we are not forcing the medical community to report these people. Why put additional restrictions on us without dealing with the root cause of the problem? Lets put an identifiable mark on there ID so that even in a person to person transfer the seller would have a way to know this person is restricted from owning a gun. Its not perfect but its a start, and it goes at thos responsible instead of creating a new law aimed at normal citizens.
Couple points to think about:
1) Many schools are examining the procedure of evacuating a school if a bomb threat is called in. That or a fire alarm would put 300-1500 targets in the open for a shooter/shooters to easily attack.
2) Talk to most veteran teachers and they will be able to give you a pretty good idea of students with "issues." However, most teachers are not allowed to express this due to the politically correct nature of the school systems. Even severe special education students are mainstreamed into the general population. The students that are not designated "severe" are the ones that often have the worst issues (behavior and/or emotional and/or learning difficulties) but for fear of hurting their "self esteem" often they are just put into the regular classrooms. If a kid struggles and the parents whine....the teacher is blamed and the student goes on through the system without specialized help.
3) Public education has been and currently is under tremendous attack by all sides for many things. Some of it legit, some of it not legit. It's doubtful that many areas at all would consider arming school staff since that same staff is believed to be useless and incompetent in many circles.
DangerRanger - I completely agree with you that the mental health system needs to change. I believe the shooter in this case had stolen the weapons from his mother. I still believe that most weapons used in crime are not legally acquired.
IMHO either; a) allow teachers to CCW legally while at work after mandatory training.
b)designate certain personnel to carry and put them thru appropriate initial and regular training.
c)at a minimum have Tazer available to personnel.
Most definitely review facilities security procedures, building designs, ect. Classrooms should have windows that allow egress. But most importantly change the mindset. At least someone that has had training or possesses the proper mindset will be able to react more quickly. How many times do we read of an incident and ask ourselves "why did'nt they fight for their lives?""why did'nt they run?" History has shown law enforcement cannot respond fast enough to stop an active shooter from taking lives. The actions of the people on scene are crucial.
IMO many of the suggestions are good ones. Some not so good. A school must remain a place for learning, and growth. Our children should feel as secure in school as they do at home. Turning a school into a reversed detention facility cant be the answer.
a School is pretty much a soft target. As is any mall, any theatre, or any entertainment venue. The answer I submit is that operators of such places be held responsible for the basic safety of the public. For a long time now security has been viewed as a joke. A warm body to be seen, someone to blame when things go wrong. Observe and report (to managers). I think it's time to rethink physical security. Schools should have selected, trained, and armed security officers on campus. Mall's and like places should also take security more seriously.