Weighing school security in wake of Newtown tragedy
Dr. James Shaw explains
- Duration 7:27
- Date Dec 17, 2012
Dr. James Shaw explains
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Across the country today you saw signs.
An increased of increased security schools in the wake of this tragedy in Connecticut.
Police recruits in -- lucky undergoing training over the weekend to deal with active shooter situations.
Similar to Friday's Rampage.
As kids across the country showed up to school today possibly seeing an armed police officer front -- their school.
All this raising the question how far should we go.
To keep our kids safe.
After James shot -- school security safety and violence expert a true expert.
At the Chicago School of Professional Psychology author of the book Jack and Jill why they kill.
-- shot you spoke.
At the commencement ceremony.
After at Columbine High School.
Shortly after the massacre there and you know what you're talking about when it comes to this you call it.
Adolescents side I mean young young people in this country when -- late teens early twenty's.
Committing mass murder and back then this is due April 22000.
Saying we must require of ourselves that we do more than grieve.
-- kind of inspiration motivation or direction do we need to make -- protect our children.
Against violence including in school.
Apparently we need a little more.
I agree -- and a doctor Lipman said a lot of truthful things in his statement.
One of the things he said is to look for the signs I would like to add to that look for the signs of someone who was getting ready to engage in negative behavior for example.
More and more press stories.
Are saying that the -- shooter Adam lawns and had a verbal conflict with school staff the day before the shooting less than 24 hours before he went off so to speak.
We now sadly now after the fact that we can use verbal disputes -- school people.
Verbal complex threats.
Or veiled suggestions.
As a reason to deny entry if you -- -- dispute with somebody you don't let them through the electronic gateway.
The day after airline to practice this policy probably for about twenty years thirty years.
If a person it is.
Acting negatively verbally -- making threats he or she cannot get on that plane.
And maybe even out and here we know that he he shot his way and the next day but at least.
Maybe you are on higher alert when such an altercation has taken place maybe that maybe that does warrant calling in a garter are something that is how welcome back so.
In terms of recognizing -- science you know I mean.
Look at what their regular folks they don't indices and he's weird he's he shy he keeps himself this guy said he was he dressed more formally he held a briefcase and high school he -- -- he would pull up against the lockers they said when friends went by he didn't like to talk to anybody.
But how do you discern that from you know shyness whatever -- -- even a -- -- which you know can be a social impediment for some folks.
From would be murder.
While I would advise.
Everybody not to start labeling not to use terms like -- -- or autism.
I think that that is incorrect it's wrong it's offensive it's like.
Labeling someone who's too short or too tall or left handed that kind of thing.
I think he -- in the immediate future we need to start paying attention to potential copycats.
-- -- There -- a spate of copycat.
Type events on high school campuses around the country.
I hope it doesn't happen here but I think we need to keep our radar up and on.
In the event in the prospect that there is it copycat out here wanting to get some kind of -- -- wanting to get some kind of flattery and attention.
Because you know we thought we sought after Columbine and -- travelers on the program on Friday talking about how one of the reasons this is so terribly disturbing.
What happened new town is we we still believed in the wake -- column by and so many other it incidents.
That there were certain red lines even the mentally deranged even terrorists.
Wooden cross and the mass murder of six and seven year -- Was one of them -- we just still believed that and the fear is that now that one person has crossed that red line whether it.
It's eliminated whether the Red Line is gone.
Doctor shot somebody who does this for a living I mean what what do you say -- the school systems out there who now have to worry about copycats and the parents out there.
Who are very concerned.
I think school districts and school superintendents or boards of education and school principals need to work daily if necessary with law enforcement.
To come up with Cogent strategic school safety plans that make sense that our executable.
And that -- current.
I think schools need camera's high tech high capacity cameras in their front offices and outside the front offices around passage ways in hallways.
I think schools need to have visitors sign.
In tree -- an exit longs just because you know -- person because he -- she has repeatedly.
At your desk in the front office does not mean you let your guard down does not mean you elect them through the electronic game.
I -- cheered and encouraged by president Obama's.
-- team to help every school district in the nation.
I think it would be good for him to look at the former drug and safe free -- safe and drug free schools act which had billions of dollars.
And now past administration are to however they were finding things such as magic shelves.
And dunking tanks at schools we can do much better.
You know and and I want we're gonna talk a lot more about autism and Asperger's because that reportedly comes from.
Adam lands his brother to the police saying that he was on the artisans.
-- spectrum and where to talk a lot more about.
What if anything that means I mean there you know how many people in this country have.
-- have a diagnosis of someplace in the autism spectrum and and you -- the vast majority have no violent tendencies and that's.
That's an aside according to most of the experts but has become the focus of so -- so we're gonna talk about whether that's fair what people really need to be looking at here.
I do what askew having and I know it's women 72 hours but having looked at -- -- this guy.
The police say he shot his way -- and then they have the cameras they have a -- down the teachers did everything right from the sound of it.
How could see it.
How could they have done something differently on Friday.
I don't know -- that they could have I think the teachers.
God rest them attacked I think the teachers.
Did everything they possibly could they gave their lives they ran.
Toward the shooter the principal and a teacher another teacher to ran toward the future.
To block and protect -- him and protect kids behind them and around them.
When you've done all that you can do.
What was it that you failed to do I don't know I think that's an internal question that we're going to be.
Debating pondering and talking about for years to come.
When you finish those remarks.
-- -- -- graduation after the massacre you said it may god save the children.
-- the nation's victims of adolescent -- rest in peace for we the living must not our mission of saving our children.
Has scarcely begun.
You are so right doctor -- thank you for being here with us.
Mahan thank you for having me -- --