Are Schools Wasting Money on Ineffective Security Measures?
“Our nation’s schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning free of crime and violence.” – The National Center for Education Statistics
With the fear of school shootings perhaps higher than ever before, schools all across the nation have implemented security measures to help protect our greatest asset – our children. A large amount of money has been allocated to the use of security cameras, metal detectors, on-campus security staff, and other such security measure. In 2013-2014, 75% of school reported using security cameras, compared to just 33% in 2003-2004, while 93% of schools reported controlling access to buildings. Meanwhile, in 2010-2011, more than 25% of schools report having an armed security guard on campus during school hours.
“Certain practices, such as locking or monitoring doors or gates, are intended to limit or control access to school campuses, while others, such as the use of metal detectors and security cameras, are intended to monitor or restrict students’ and visitors’ behavior on campus,” write the National Center for Education Statistics in its annual report, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety.”
However, are these security measures really the best way to put an end to school violence? Is this the most effective use of our money? No!
School Violence is Still on the Rise
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nonfatal incidents at school (theft and assault) are on the rise, despite all of the security measures put into place. Students between the ages of 12 and 18 experienced more than 1.3 million nonfatal victimizations in 2010-2011 alone. That works out to a crime rate of roughly 52 incidents of school violence per 1,000 students.
Overall, more students experienced incidents of theft and violence at school than away from school. The solution: Threat Assessment Training! It is a proactive method designed to aid parents, teachers, and school administrators in recognizing the warning signs of school violence, and teach them what to do in the event that a potential risk arises.
Threat Assessment Training from Defender L.L.C.
Defender is a privately operated, woman-owned business that proudly employs veterans of the U.S. Military to give our clients the best in behavioral assessment training. We train educators, school staff, and guardians in proactive threat assessment, focusing on positive behavioral interventions and behavioral assessments. We believe these to be the best tools in the fight against school violence.
If you have any questions about how Threat Assessment Training can replace ineffective security measures, please contact Defender, L.L.C. by calling 410-381-8003. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, put us in your Google+ circle, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for even more great information.