Two news stories about school security showed up in my Google Alerts, and it’s an interesting comparison.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the security measures undertaken by each of these districts.  Why are they so different?  Is it because of funding?  Variations in state laws or guidelines?  Do security needs vary from one location to the next?

In your opinion, what are the most important physical security measures for schools to implement?

San Antonio, Texas:

Parma School District in Ohio:

A couple of notes on the video above…at the 10-second mark, someone is shown testing the security of the door barricade device – with the lockset latched.  The lockset is likely providing the necessary level of security for these doors.  At about the 1:30 mark, the news report mentions that “every classroom, every gymnasium…” is equipped with a barricade device.  That means that they have likely been installed on doors that are equipped with panic hardware.

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