Protecting our kids: Can you defend schools from violence?
Security in wake of Newtown shooting
- Duration 3:41
- Date Dec 17, 2012
Security in wake of Newtown shooting
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The tremendous challenge for school officials because.
Are not designed to be fortresses to be defended their places of learning but once again if you have an armed intruder.
Who is intent upon.
Getting on to the campus and they will use whatever means necessary and this is not an uncommon situation where they defeat.
Some of the best systems that are in place.
That was Ronald -- the director of the National School Safety Center outlying.
Just some of the challenges that schools face keeping children safe this as we learned that.
Sandy hook elementary school recently installed new security measures.
She can really protect and defend against such a horrific act of violence can -- that is the question parents all across the country are asking.
Former Nutley New Jersey detective and public affairs commissioner Stephen Rogers joins us now thank you for joining and worst of all.
You weren't say they're rated schools are not fortresses to be defended that's not what they're supposed to be -- this school sandy hook.
They seem to have taken all the precautions and they possibly could -- They certainly did nothing would have stopped this crazed killer from going into that building and do what he did.
But Heather let me share this with you it was after he got in that life was saved.
The heroics of the teachers of the police all the people who survived the -- those children.
So you could defend against further violence once the intruders and but.
You could have metal detectors you could have a -- for goodness sakes that guy was hell bent on getting in that building to do what he did.
-- and schools across the country they really have upped their security measures must take a look at some of the numbers mean 90% of schools.
Across the country right now they've blocked or they monitored doors.
They use security cameras 63%.
-- that electronic emergency notification so they can let families know at home at there's something going on.
And as you said the teachers themselves.
Locking the doors and then moving to students back hiding them in cupboards and closets and bathrooms.
That's right I infected Nutley I help -- through the lockdown policies at that school district.
And it works the teachers in particular.
Take full control of the situation by hiding children by going to the back of the classrooms.
You can't do much.
To prevent an intruder who's -- like this individual from coming in.
But most of the school districts perhaps 99% of the school districts across the nation.
Are well protected when it comes to the cameras when it comes to locking doors.
I'm an elected official my community when I go into the high school I am escorted to the office I have to sign in these are procedures that really help prevent.
A non -- person from thinking about going in and doing some while.
And and as parents send their kids back to classes today.
What should be they be asking their schools in terms of security.
Well -- they should ask them what do they have in place and what do we need what can we do to help what can we -- to make suggestions.
Some parents have called me over the weekend and I said to them look.
You know hug your children pray for your children be close to them.
And none on fox -- particularly.
-- -- doing great work and heightening awareness to what needs to be done to solve the problem.
And I've heard it -- the entire -- weekend.
Love your families get together we give families and talk common law enforcement I'm not a psychologist.
But that 38 years I was in law enforcement the connection to violent games to violent television to violent movies it's true.
So parents need to step up and say you know what we're gonna lower the violence that comes into our homes -- work with the police have worked with the teachers.
To use that word everyone seems to be afraid of saying -- All right thank you so much for joining us we appreciate your insight today thank you typical day for me the time.