Doug Bedell — August 24, 2018, 2:34 pm

School Security Strategies Are Front and Center Again


School’s been out and is in again, and there is, sadly, the continuing question of school security. Security InfoWatch discusses how fear is affecting the stakeholder groups in schools everywhere, with no assured solutions in sight.

“Heated discussions involving topics ranging from the installation of metal detectors and the need to improve mental health services to the proliferation of classroom barricade devices and the arming teachers abound,” notes InfoWatch writer Paul Timm, PSP. “Adding to the controversy, elected officials lend their voices to the fracas. The literal end of this past school year appears to have been anxiety’s only antidote.”

The heart of the matter involves trust and awareness – “See Something, Say Something”. “Heated discussions involving topics ranging from the installation of metal detectors and the need to improve mental health services to the proliferation of classroom barricade devices and the arming teachers abound. Adding to the controversy, elected officials lend their voices to the fracas. The literal end of this past school year appears to have been anxiety’s only antidote.”

But there are strategies. “Find ways to fund, or continue to fund, School Resource Officers (SROs) and school-based mental health professionals. An effective SRO connects with students, provides resources to teachers and staff, assists administrators with problem-solving, and protects against crime. The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) asserts that SROs serve in three ways, “educator (i.e. guest lecturer), informal counselor/mentor, and law enforcement officer”.

And there are hardware products and systems, also enumerated. The need is to build as much trust as possible, then decide what backups may be advisable.

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