Nevada School Shooting

This piece is disturbing:

The shooting is one of several this year at a U.S. middle or high school. Last week a student at a high school in Austin, Texas, killed himself in front of other students. In August, a student at a high school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, shot and wounded another student in the neck.

Another shooting occurred at an Atlanta middle school in January, the same month a California high school student wounded two people, one seriously.

The Nevada shooting also comes almost a year after a gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, igniting nationwide debate over gun violence and school safety.

It is, of course, quite difficult to predict these gruesome acts that shock the conscience. There are, however, some measures that can be taken to mitigate. Briefly:
Review local laws/ordinances re safe keeping of weapons so that kids and individuals not authorized do not have access to and do not have fairly easy means to access weapons in the home (goes to holding parents/guardians more accountable).
Review and ascertain that schools have implemented a security plan and rely in state of the art (most effective) security measures.
This piece is informative:
I posted this earlier this year what schools in my area (Long Island) were doing after the Sandy Hook tragedy:

Keeping Schools Safe:
An update on what schools in my area are doing to keep safe.
I. Several measures taken and proposed (different measures different school districts):
  • Stricter visitor protocol
  • Classroom doors locked when not occupied.
  • Installing visual equipment outside for lockout and lockdown notification
  • Working with safety consultants
  • Obtaining additional training
  • Reviewing security procedures
  • Electronic swipe entry locks
  • Redesigning entrances
  • Installing cameras
  • Installing panic buttons
  • Replacing door locks to ones that can lock from inside
  • Providing recess staff with phones
  • Installing privacy film of windows of the first floor and classroom doors
  • Hiring security staff
  • Greater restrictions re which doors are open and when
  • Single access for entrances and exits and surveillance at each point
  • Additional emergency drills
  • Enhanced walkie-talkie system
  • Card access control for staff entry 
II. Downside:
  • “Jail-like” environment may make students feel less safe and that they are being surveilled or controlled.
  •  As mentioned before: increased false alarms. All four threats in Nassau County last week were unfounded.
III. I have not seen thus far, as part of a security response package, measures proposed to enlist psychologists/mental health consultants.
  
Risk management is not cast in stone. You don’t review it or attend a workshop once and put it away until and (sigh…) if needed. It is an evolving art form that we need to monitor and stay on top of frequently. And if outcome measures are important in our field, this is one area in which outcome measures takes top billing in my opinion.
Roy

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