This presentation – WN@TL – School Safety in America: Rhetoric vs Reality – David Perrodin – is well worth a listen, especially the part between 14:13 and 25:57. It supports what we’ve been talking about for the last 5 years, regarding classroom barricade devices and some of the other products that have been introduced with the promise of keeping students safe.
A few of the points made by Dr. Perrodin:
- Anybody can become a “school safety expert” – whether or not they have the required experience or knowledge
- School districts are confused by vendor marketing and products offered
- Administrators should consult with their insurance carriers
- Parents are the customers – perceived value is increased student safety, which is priceless
- Some vendors may take advantage of panicked parents
- Superintendents feel pressured to purchase untested security measures in fear of losing their jobs
- Most school safety devices are not required to undergo testing or to be certified
- Who is liable for unproven “inventions” (like the JustinKase)?