From Security InfoWatch, an article on a recent congressional briefing by advocates for safe and secure schools…


Michele Gay, pictured above, is a former teacher who lost her daughter, Josephine Grace, in the shooting at Newtown and is one of the founders of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative.

According to a report published by the non-profit group The Rural School and Community Trust, there were 80 documented incidents of mass violence in U.S. K-12 schools between 1974 and 2013 which claimed the lives of 155 people. These incidents have become a far too common occurrence at our nation’s schools and the response of elected officials in the aftermath has become predictable.

After sending their condolences to the victims and their families and wishing a speedy recovery to the wounded, politicians engage in lot of hand-wringing about what can be done to better secure school buildings against armed intruders before quickly allowing the issue to spiral into a fruitless debate over gun control. What quickly becomes lost are some of the relatively easy and quick fixes that could be made at many schools across the country to prevent assailants from entering a facility or at least mitigating the damage once they do.

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Article by Joel Griffin of Security InfoWatch.

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