Security Technology Executive

JUL-AUG 2018

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18 SECURIT Y TECHNOLOGY E XECUTIVE • July/August 2018 • www. T he increasing frequency of school violence incidents, espe- cially those involving firearms, is alarming. All stakeholder groups are unsettled. The active-shooter threat may be the number one concern that keeps school admin- istrators up at night. It motivates parents to demand immediate action. Across the nation, students walked out to remember Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School victims and to protest gun violence. These stakeholder groups all share the same emotion – fear. Heated discussions involving topics ranging from the installation of metal detectors and the need to improve mental health services to the proliferation of class- room barricade devices and the arming teach- ers abound. Adding to the controversy, elected officials lend their voices to the fracas. The lit- eral end of this past school year appears to have been anxiety's only antidote. Let's examine some potential solutions to the school violence epidemic and, then, the government 's role in addressing the issue. Regarding solutions, we'll consider the fol- lowing questions. Where should schools invest their time and money? Which trendy solutions How Tragedy and Government Involvement Shape School Security's Future Politics and lack of clear initiatives leave a national school security policy at crossroads By Paul Timm, P SP COVER STORY The active-shooter threat may be the number one concern that keeps school administrators up at night. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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