Assessing School Security Takes on New Dimensions after Sandy Hook Tragedy

After 30 years of security risk assessment experience and working with hundreds of schools, hospitals, facilities, I have to say that schools have not taken school security seriously.

Obviously there are the social pressures including mental health screening, proposed assault weapons bans, gun owner screening, etc., but these are the thing that won’t change overnight.  EVEN IF THEY ARE LEGISLATED, it takes time to implement, and
implementation may not be perfect.

TODAY IS THE DAY TO DO A SCHOOL VIOLENCE ASSESSMENT – not tomorrow, not after new gun laws, not after the holidays — TODAY.

There are indicators you can look for to see if your school is at risk of an active shooter incident.  And ways to be prepared if the unthinkable happens and an active shooter comes to your school.

Strong, simple access control is the most effective solution, and yes, this may mean that
a plain glass front door or window is not enough.  Glass is easily broken, and yes, it means that all staff must be a little more accountable, and it probably means a red phone or connection to the local police.

There is a simple school risk assessment program that will give guidance on what you need to do TODAY, what controls you need to implement, what threats are most likely to occur.  These can be accessed on the website.

Some things are preventable, some aren’t.  But lockdown drills, alarm systems, and active monitoring of cameras are just a few of the 60 controls every school should have in place to protect our precious children.

And this comes from the grandmother who’s 3-year old twins turned 3 yesterday!


3 thoughts on “Assessing School Security Takes on New Dimensions after Sandy Hook Tragedy

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  2. I’m with you there Caroline. Complacency is a huge issue as well as the implementation of the technology around access control. It’s just heartbreaking to think how many lives will now never be lived as a result of this tragedy. I just hope some good can come of it and people with our experience in the industry need to raise our voices ever louder to make sure the correct proceedures are implemented and the debate does not become to hysterical. We need rational, politics free discussions if we are to implement the kind of safety all kids deserve in a place of learning.

    Thanks and speak soon

    • Thanks, I enjoyed the link you sent me. I have been working in this area for years and finished a special program using FEMA 428 – Safe Schools over 4 years ago — and still schools don’t seem to understand how to look at their own security programs in an objective way. But something like this tragedy just might do it. I like your site, too. You can alwasy reach me directly at

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