In the past week we have encountered, another spate of school shootings. “Only” one by a student. In light of these events, the United States Secret Service along with the United States Department of Education released (or more correctly re-released, since it is dated 2002) ,
THREAT ASSESSMENT IN SCHOOLS: A GUIDE TO MANAGING THREATENING SITUATIONS AND TO CREATING SAFE SCHOOL CLIMATES (required Adobe PDF Reader).
What you will notice (if you can make it through all 99 pages) is the absence of anything related to students wearing uniforms having any bearing in creating a “safe school climate.” I mean, unless those uniforms are made of kevlar, they are not going to keep kids safe.
What will keep our kids safe? I wish I could say definitively what could be done. I don’t know about anybody else, but these events are every bit as terrorizing (actually probably more so), than alleged plots by al-qada. Events such as these are far more random, and virtually impossible to guard against (with all due respects to the above Secret Service and Department of Education). I mean sure, once again you can read talk about metal detectors in every school. But if the person, like the man that killed those girls in PA, has plans to exact “revenge” and is determined to kill people, do you think an underpaid security guard working a metal detector is going to halt it? Or would that simply be the first victim as the perpertrator enters the school.
I fully expect to see my daughter every day after school. But I am sure that those parents in PA, expected to see their children again as well. I mean after all, that is Amish Country. Crime is so low that many people do not lock their doors, and several towns do not even have a police force. If it can happen there… it can happen anywhere.