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NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – How to keep schools safe? We’re focusing our time, energy and money on ‘all the wrong things,’ experts say (VIDEO)

Last week’s deadly shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, prompted calls for the increased installation of metal detectors at schools. Safety experts say that’s precisely the wrong response. There’s a cheaper, more effective approach, but it’s a tough sell. The recurrent shootings at schools – at least 30 this year resulting in death or injury, according to the gun-safety organization Everytown – has sent policymakers and administrators scrambling for ways to keep students safe. Last year, in the wake of the massacre of 17 high school students and personnel in Parkland, Florida, Congress apportioned millions of dollars as part of the STOP School Violence Act to cover the cost of safety equipment and programs. And yet, the bloodshed continues.

According to national figures compiled by the Educator’s School Safety Network, incidents of school violence – defined as instances that require a response beyond the institution’s regular capabilities – spiked by more than 185% from the 2016-17 school year to 2018-19. Over that time, the number of threats also rose by 62%.  [full article]

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