“We hear about the need to lock a door time and again when there is violence in a school building,” says Michele Gay, who co-founded Safe and Sound Schools after she lost her daughter in the Sandy Hook shootings.
In Hamp’s case, an ad-hoc barricade worked, but that’s usually not advised.
Much of the advocates’ conversation with lawmakers centers around establishing nationwide provisions for school security, including emergency drills and monitored entrances for visitors.
One low-tech fix is emphasized: a requirement to provide locks on classroom doors.
Allegion and other security companies would likely get a lot of new business if such locks were mandated on all classrooms nationwide.
Robert Boyd, the executive director of the Secure Schools Alliance, says it takes about 0,000 to give a school a basic level of security.With, for instance, around 98,000 K-12 public schools in the U.S., each a candidate for outfitting or upgrading, there’s a vast amount of money at stake. She joined representatives from organizations such as the Secure Schools Alliance and Safe and Sound Schools, as well as the security firm Allegion.Other school safety paraphernalia on the market include gear like bulletproof whiteboards and backpacks, fingerprint recognition systems, and gunshot detection systems.And the feds wouldn’t be footing the whole bill: Boyd advocates for a system in which one-third of each 0,000 would come from the federal government, while states and municipalities would split the rest.But some researchers caution that a focus on hardware solutions risks taking attention and resources away from more effective methods of preventing shootings and other school violence.Later, when Internet became accessible for almost everyone, the criminals also started to use it for their own goals.The cyber security specialists and cyber criminals started the competition that can be compared with development of offensive weapons and defensive ones to withstand the attacks.Lisa Hamp is a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, in which 32 people died at the hands of student Seung-Hui Cho. These organizations have allies in Congress: Representatives Susan Brooks, a Republican from Indiana, and Rick Larsen, a Democrat from Washington, head the Congressional School Safety Caucus. Allegion, which specializes in “security around the doorway” (meaning locks, steel doors and frames, and the like), reported .2 billion in net revenues last year.Hamp and her classmates lived because they barricaded their classroom door. “We used a desk and table to keep the shooter from entering.” Hamp recently joined a group in Washington, D. Tim Eckersley, the president of the Americas region for Allegion, points to the new, rebuilt Sandy Hook elementary school, in which 26 students and staff were killed in 2012, as a current “model school for safety and security.” It features such elements as a series of checkpoints along the road that approaches the school, impact-resistant windows, and a high-tech surveillance system.