Schools Set Up New Safety Measures
August 27, 2014
Many students heading back to class this fall will see new security measures in place, a response to the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six educators were shot and killed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza.
According to the Wall Street Journal, districts across the country are taking measures to protect students against possible violence:
- In Tampa, Florida, Hillsborough County Public Schools (the eighth-largest school district in the country) have placed 20 armed officers in their elementary schools. Additionally, the school board has hired a safety consultant and given its approval for the installation of fences and buzzers.
- In Idaho, the Coeur d'Alene district's 16 schools are now surrounded by security fencing. Visitors may only enter at one point, and elementary schools will each have two police officers patrolling the halls.
- In the Montpelier Exempted Village Schools district in Ohio, buildings now include bulletproof glass and panic buttons. Additionally, four anonymous employees will carry firearms.
According to the Education Commission of the States, more than 30 states passed legislation to improve their schools' security last year. That includes 10 states that moved to allow school personnel to carry weapons on school property: Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Connecticut.
Source: Caroline Porter, "New Safety Measures Greet Students," Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2014.
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