Visitors to any of 53 elementary and middle schools this year in Oregon's Salem-Keizer School District will need to be buzzed in. Their arrival will be captured on camera. And that's about all security manager Ray Byrd wants to say about that.
"We have to be careful not to put information out there that can be exploited by the bad guys," he says.
In a grim reminder that mass shootings have become a fact of life in America, school districts across the USA this fall are opting for more locked doors, more visitor check-ins and more surveillance equipment. Many have had security policies on the books for years, especially after the 1999 Columbine High School shootings. But the massacre last December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six educators, introduced a new level of urgency. Suddenly, even children in elementary schools were not safe from bad guys.