With another multiple-fatality shooting at a public school last month that left 10 dead, the issues of security in schools is again being raised post-Columbine.
With another multiple-fatality shooting at a public school last month that left 10 dead, the issues of security in schools is again being raised post-Columbine. Oregon had a similar incident in 1998, when student Kip Kinkel killed two fellow students, following the murder of his parents. While the use of behavioral science and a method of reporting suspicious behavior has been instituted, architects are now being asked to consider their decisions in light of providing built-in security that does not suggest a prison.
Also, schools fall into ineffective and expensive traps to try and solve the problem, a Secret Service study reported. In an analysis of shootings back to 1974, it arrived at the following conclusions: SWAT teams are usually ineffective, since the attack is over by the time they arrive; profiling is rarely useful, because most of the subjects did not fit any uniform profile; early and extreme expulsions can inflame more violence; and metal detectors usually don’t matter in mass shootings, as the shooters typically make no effort to conceal their weapons.
In a recent Portland Oregonian story, local architects and school district members pointed to the following design considerations for better security:
For other reports on security for other
special populations, see: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/sciencetech/publications.htm