In recent years, many children have died at the hands of crazed gunmen while studying inside schools in the United States. It has become just as big of an issue as the ‘black killings’ that have plagued American police officers for the past couple years.
As it’s such a big problem, it’s important that a solution is found. This won’t happen overnight, but it will come together as people brainstorm ideas on how to make our schools safer.
That said, here are some ways results could be seen:
There are all different kinds of age ranges that get mixed together in schools. It all depends on the specific school. Some run grades K to 8, while others are more limited and might be broken down between schools for grades 1 to 3, 4 to 6, 7 to 9, and 10 to 12. Regardless, the less age variance by school the better and when done right, this can be cost-effective. It might need some trial and error, but segmenting the 12 grades into three or four schools could be a great idea to make standard.
A lot of the time there are grudges made by students that stick for many years. This can cause anger with a particular school, which could become the main target by a mass killer. It’s a good idea to find ways to deviate any tension that might surface due to stuff happening at school. The biggest part of this is in having an appropriate way to approach both troublemakers and victims. After all, outside of the school world, the two might live very similar lives.
While not cost-effective, implementing security guards is a great way to beef up a school’s security. The guards can be placed at the entrance, in free roam, or otherwise. Keeping the entire school covered during peak-traffic times, such as before and after school, would be ideal. The idea is that a lot of the drama, drug dealing, and other bad stuff goes on during these periods. if the guards have eyes on the premises, then the trouble needs to get a fair distance from the school for it to even happen.
This seems like a no-brainer, but every school should have metal detectors in place at entrances and exists to screen staff, students and visitors. This is the simplest way to be able to detect if someone who poses a threat has entered the school. While it might not serve as a secure gate from the ‘bad guys’ the few minutes of heads up could ruin the person’s plan.
Conclusion: Let’s Progress!
The need for better security at American schools is known. The mass killings have made headlines in the news and everyone is scared to bring their child to school. It seems these attacks cannot be prevented, but it’s possible if the right approach is made.
This might require some small and large changes to how the school system works, but tiny adjustments to test new ideas out is the best step that can be made at this point.