In less than a generation, schools have entered a complex new world of security concerns. They have gone from a focus on fire drills to “hardening” against intruders to deter the rising threat of shootings and copycat violence across the nation.
With 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, money is being thrown at the problem. An estimated $4.9 billion will be spent on security systems by 2017. Yet our schools cannot become prisons despite the threat of violence, and the money can be easily wasted if used ineffectively.