Designing a School to Stop Shooters

From “Designing a School to Stop Shooters”
The Wall Street Journal (03/13/18) Hobbs, Tawnell D.  Posted by ASIS.

The Wylie Independent School District spent $19 million to make George W. Bush Elementary School in an upper-class Dallas suburban neighborhood able to withstand a school shooter. The special features include sparse landscaping and numerous windows in the front to provide a clear view of approaching visitors. In addition, entering the school is a multistep process. First, visitors enter a vestibule and must be buzzed inside the main office. Then, a government-issued ID must be scanned through a system called the “Raptor,” which flags child molesters and anyone else who should be kept out. The school has wide hallways and no small nooks, making it harder to hide or avoid video surveillance that is viewable by school administrators and police officers in patrol cars. The Wylie School District has regular lockdown and emergency drills, full-time security officers trained in active school shooting situations, and strong ties with local police, according to district spokesman Ian Halperin. These types of designs and tactics are becoming more common among the country’s 98,000 public schools as students, parents, administrators, and lawmakers grapple with the rash of school shootings. Since 1990, there have been 32 shootings in schools where at least three people were killed or injured.

After Mass Shooting in Florida, Indiana Lawmakers Call for Study of School Security

From “After Mass Shooting in Florida, Indiana Lawmakers Call for Study of School Security”
USA Today (02/27/18) Herron, Arika. Reprinted from ASIS.

Lawmakers across the country have been looking for ways to improve school security since the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Some Indiana lawmakers are calling for a review and report on the status of school safety across the state. The Indiana House education committee recently added language to a bill that would require the Secured School Safety Board to review current school safety issues, report back to the legislative council, and make recommendations for improvements. Some states have suggested arming teachers as a possible security solution. Indiana is one of several states that already allows school boards to decide whether or not to permit individuals, including teachers, to carry guns on school property. Most districts do not, but at least one district already has a provision to allow administrators to carry guns and another district is reconsidering the idea of arming teachers after the Florida shooting. Some lawmakers have suggested other means for protecting students. One lawmaker proposed mandatory active shooter response training last week and another pitched a plan for $100 million school security grants. However, neither proposal made it into a bill.

Local Schools to Use New Security App Directly Connected to Police

From “Local Schools to Use New Security App Directly Connected to Police” (Atlanta, GA) (08/08/16) Petchenik, Mike. Posted by ASIS.

The Fulton County school district in Georgia recently launched the QuickTip app, which allows anyone to anonymously report something suspicious to Fulton County school police. School officials hope the app will help keep kids safe in class. Fulton County Schools Director of Safety and Security Shannon Flounnory said he hopes the app will stop a range of bad student behavior. Anyone can download the app on their smart phone through the Fulton County schools app or access it online. The district launched it quietly last year and Flounorry says they’ve had some success.

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