As we are closing out our fourth month of 2018, the country has had 20 school shootings where students and faculty were either hurt or fatally injured. The violence of these crimes are astounding and has left many schools wondering what options they have to keep their student body safe from these heinous crimes. Below we've highlighted some of the recent school shootings and provided some suggestions to beef up security.
School Shootings in 2018
On February 14th, 2018 a teen gunman opened fire on Parkland's high school using a semi-automatic rifle resulting in 17 deaths and 14 injured. The suspect is 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz and was a former student of the high school. At the time of his arrest, he was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and multiple magazines. Some of the surviving students, when learning who the suspect was, declared they weren't surprised. They described him as "reckless," and others thought that there was "something wrong" judging by the experiences they had interacting with him. The shooting started outside around 2:30 pm before he made his way into the building where he killed more students and teachers.
January 24th, 2018 a 15-year-old male student walked into his high school, Marshall County High School, and opened fire. He injured 16 people and fatally shot two students. The incident took place before 9 am, where the suspect walked in armed with a handgun. All of the victims were students and ranged from 14 to 18 years of age. Many parents were alerted to the incident by text message from their children who had yet to make it into their first class. Teachers were grabbing kids and helping them to safe areas or locations. Other students, dropped their bags and ran as fast as they could. Some parents who had yet to drop off their kids turned the car around and drove away giving rides to children who were running from the sounds of gunfire. The motive for the shooting remains unclear, but the KY governor was "stunned" by the incident.
A little too close to home was the shooting of a 17-year-old boy outside his high school. The shooting took place on the grounds of Pearl Cohn High School, where the suspect shot the victim DeMario Crowder five times. The gunman was 14-year-old Rico Ransom. According to police Rico was acquaintances with DeMario, and after shooting him five times left him in critical condition. This tragic event happened just after classes were dismissed on Friday, February 13th, 2018. Eyewitnesses testified they saw Rico shoot DeMario after getting into a fight with three other teenagers.
On-Site Security to Prevent School Shootings
Security and Perimeter Gates
The first line of defense against school shootings is the implementation of a security or perimeter gate. Often, these gates are customizable offering you the protection that you need to keep your student body safe from unnecessary harm. The benefits of a security gate include deterring intruders before an incident happens. Not only does the site of a looming gate make it challenging to get inside, but it can also provide a barrier for the culprit to escape.
Installing exterior cameras on the outside of the school would provide students and faculty with an additional layer of security. These cameras can be installed at major entry points and included in blind spots that might be harder for security to see. The benefits of the implementation of the HDCCTV camera is the higher resolution images they will capture of anyone who is entering or exiting the building. If you are required to bring evidence to court, these images will hold up as the best evidentiary support when identifying the suspect.
Shooter Detection Systems
When it comes to protecting schools and our children, there can never be too much. The Shooter Detection System allows schools and their security teams to utilize the gunshot identification software. The system is revolutionary and provides instantaneous information the moment gunshots are fired. The system is equipped with infrared flash detection providing the most accurate screening available. The data pulled from any gunfire is relayed to on-site security teams to alert them of the immediate danger. Additionally, the software can send mass notifications to desktops and mobile devices for key personnel. The system can initiate lockdown procedures and activates any on-site security cameras to monitor the situation efficiently. Having the sensors installed both inside and outside the building, you can rely on the system to process critical information to help you take back control of the situation.