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Edited by Paulus magintie: 4/29/2014 5:29:21 PM

Schools should not become fortresses

[quote]As Corpus Christi Catholic College mourns the loss of Ann Maguire, there will be calls for a closer scrutiny of school security. What defences could be in place to prevent such terrible incidents as the fatal stabbing at the school in Leeds? But head teachers' leader Brian Lightman called for calm and to "ensure we don't turn schools into fortresses". "We should not be rushing to generalised conclusions about safety in our schools," he said. "Schools are still by far the safest places for our young people to be in," said Mr Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders. "This is a tragic incident, and our hearts go out to everyone affected. However, we do need to stay calm and bear in mind that thankfully this is an isolated incident and it is not the norm." But Dr Bousted said relying on security technology was not the best way to improve safety, and she pointed out that if pupils were determined to smuggle in weapons into a school, a knife arch would not necessarily stop them. "If you look at the United States, it's not the route to go down."[/quote] Schools, not Fortresses.........a far cry to the American way that has people rallying to arm teachers. Think about it, somebody was killed and they still prefer "little to no security", 40% of our police have been in life threatening situations and all of them still don't want carry a fire arm, 70%+ of police don't want to carry a fire arm either. Don't you see? We see what is happening in the US and we don't think what you guys are doing is not the solution, why can't you guys see that? [quote]Since Philip Lawrence was killed outside a school in London in 1995, there have been dozens of fatal shooting incidents in schools in the United States - some with multiple victims such as at Columbine High School, in Colorado, in 1999. Security measures in US schools can include rehearsing lock-down drills, as well as security guards, police officers and metal detectors[/quote]

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