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10 Ways America Can Protect Schools
04/02/2018 Protect American Schools Benjamin Roussey
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Research shows that the government, school authorities, families, and communities can do a lot more as a practice response to school shootings. Here are 10 important ways America can protect its schools:

  1. Train selected teachers to safely handle a weapon and carry it in school

It can take some time for the police to respond to an emergency (and when they do, is was the case in Broward County, some of the law enforcement that shows up could be punks and not even go inside to confront the shooter). In such cases, teachers often become the first responders. They should be allowed to carry weapons as a deterrent and trained to safely handle them in an extreme situation.

  1. Have armed guards on the campus

School entry points should be minimized and they should be manned by an armed guard. The goal should be that the guard is familiar with the students’ faces, and can recognize and tackle anyone who appears odd or out of place.

If they end up getting shot and put down, at least that will give students and teachers a few extra seconds to escape the scene.

  1. Place metal detectors at strategic entry points

According to estimates given by the US Department of Justice, an average metal detector model may be available for less than $5,000, and would have the capability for a school campus. Staggered timings for the first period for different classes can eliminate long queues in the morning.

  1. Use periodic lockdown drills

Regular lockdown drills will ensure that every member of the school is well-versed with responding in a synchronized manner to the presence of an armed intruder. Students and teachers can move to secure locations, such as storage area, closet or a classroom that can locked from inside. Speed is critical in such situations. 

  1. Bolster the perimeter with security systems, cameras, buzzers, and other high-tech devices

Advanced security systems are now available that can feed the details of the repeat population (daily visitors) in the system. The system immediately detects if there is a visitor who is not listed, and sends an alert to the school’s security supervisor as well as the police.

  1. Focus on emotional and social developmental skills

Schools should teach emotional and social developmental skills as a part of the wider strategy to prevent potential student violence. The students who have good social and emotional skills will engage better with others and may be better placed to recognized a trouble peer who needs help.

  1. Invest more in school resource officers and counselors

Many schools today do not have a trained psychologist, adjustment counselor or social worker on their staff because of budget cuts. But these mental health experts are a school’s first line of defense to address a troubled student. There are a few lazy and worthless teachers in every large school, get rid of one and hire someone who can work with students who are having issues. Or have a better way or a way at all to dealing with a troubled child rather than just kicking them out and hoping they don’t return to seek revenge.

Small schools probably have one useless teacher, fire them and hire either a guard for the school or a school counselor.

The problem here is teachers’ unions – they will not allow us to fire a teacher because teachers’ unions are all about their power – dam the kids!

  1. Utilize technology to notice a troubled student

Schools can put in place an anonymous reporting system, which could use Internet or mobile technology to make it possible for students and parents to alert school counselors and law enforcement about a disturbed or disconnected student.

  1. Conduct routine mental health screenings at schools

Peculiar behavioral patterns will almost always precede extreme violence. The key is to identify them in advance. Signs of serious mental illness, marked social disconnectedness, and repetitive aggressive behavior are patterns that can be identified with periodic mental health screenings by a doctor.

  1. Social media companies can help to detect threats

Youngsters often rely on social media to vent their feelings and frustrations. Repetitive expressions of violence in social media posts can indicate trouble. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and others can develop algorithms to identify repetitive patterns and send auto alerts to local law enforcement.

Punishing good people who have guns in their homes is ridiculous. It is actually illogical. Any 100 pound female who does not want to own a weapon should get their head checked.

Any parent who does not want to teach their daughter or son on how to use a weapon should consider whether or not they actually should be considered a proper parent. If they don’t know how, they should take lessons themselves. One hour for $50, sign up, better than nothing!

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