Importance of tightening security in schools
Weighing strategies to keep kids safe
- Duration 3:30
- Date Dec 19, 2012
Weighing strategies to keep kids safe
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Why the -- went on that murderous -- -- Hoke elementary school remains a mystery today in the investigation is ongoing but the conversation is now turning to how we keep our schools safe.
-- -- -- a former co chair of New York's anti terrorism task force it and CEO an investigative management group and you threat assessments around the world Bob.
-- different sites including schools in Connecticut about how to keep.
The property in the people inside right safe as it did you -- district the president talked about forty minutes -- including some.
No questions about gun control that are coming up now to -- initial reaction to this new task force that's being created.
Well look I mean everything that the president said is right on in terms of trying to address this issue from every angle.
And he brought up gun control he brought up the psychiatric issues he also you know brought up the fact that we need to have more security in the schools and of itself.
And I think when you combine those things that's the kind of the macro view that we have to look we have but we have to have one person in charge and I think that's got to be a director of security for the school systems.
Let's -- let's say they are so all the things that are out there right now do you think the number one immediate priority.
Should be security at schools.
Well right off the bat I think that we need to make a soft target a little bit more difficult to get too so this school in Connecticut had excellent security.
For for a safe suburban town.
Many of the schools across our country don't even have that type of security anytime at the video surveillance cctv.
Physical director is -- about a security director that's not on campus it would be someone that's there permanently.
Right to be able to implement the programs to be able to work with the school psychologist to be able to look at the kids who are coming to school.
Two to observe anything that could deep -- obviously your professional opinion should Epperson BR.
Absolutely I mean so you look at all the agents that we have retiring in their forties across our country the veterans that are coming home from wars who have.
Experience in this area there's so much qualified good people.
That can get into these schools across our country and make them safer I think we need to get started on that right away.
How do we do that what we know what we hire them and the schools -- -- I think the towns -- -- hire -- so it's always comes back to the same thing.
Parents are gonna say I don't want my kids to go to school -- I know that they're safe.
Parents and families are going to look at real estate based on whether or not their schools are safe.
They used to just look at SET -- to cores and I think now they're gonna say.
Do we have a kind of -- the schools that we need is there a security director what include what programs they have in place to keep my child safe.
Israel could care only have a couple seconds -- besides -- security director of your parent going -- to your child's school today or any day now.
Is sending you should look for -- to make sure that your child's school has XYZ whatever that is just is -- start.
I think the one thing that parents need to do is talk to their principal talked to whoever's in charge make sure that that is a good working relationship with the local police school because that's very important they had it here.
In Newtown and it worked well the police responded very quickly and you've got to make sure that that's there but.
Also they've got to be starting to talk about we need to get people involved we need to have more security we need to loosen up this.
School system so that we now have a tight system that we don't have anybody just walk in off the street or come -- You know during the day -- when our kids are here at find themselves.
Just have that anymore Bob and -- to be back this year -- a longer conversation about this and thank you for your time today.
We'll be right back more happy now.