Eastern Kentucky University’s Emergency Management Program designed a school safety infographic to promote a safe learning environment in all schools.
Attached to the graphic includes an article on the history of school security initiatives, which was also authored by the Emergnecy Management Program.
The article also covers where the role of technology will lie in the future of school security, and what its cost will be:
“What sparks these horrific rampages and intrusions into the private lives of young people and their institutions of learning?
According to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) statistics, the arrests of juveniles for violent crimes, such as murder, rape and assault, had declined in the United States from 1993 to 2010. Many school shooters appear to be young people who are withdrawing from or currently taking psychiatric drugs.
These figures may stand on their own merit as somehow involved in the mix of juvenile violence. The issues of privacy and computer pirating of sensitive information may be no surprise as this is a phenomenon in the business world as well. The situations still beg the question, however: how should the country as a whole respond to the upward trends in violence and security breaches which target youngsters in American schools? The crimes directly impact school safety.
Annual spending for school safety in the U.S. was to the tune of $2.7 billion in 2013. That figure is anticipated to increase to $4.9 billion by 2017, with many of those dollars going to security and school access equipment. $300 million was set aside by the federal government over the past 2 years for increasing security in the nation’s schools.
At the state level, millions of dollars are being assigned to school surveillance, classroom barricades, school technology and other student safety accommodations. At the state level, Indiana, Tennessee and Connecticut, where the Sandy Hook shooting occurred, have each spent multi-million dollar sums on school safety.
Out of sheer necessity, schools around the United States are definitely becoming more focused, in philosophy, action and commitment of time, personnel, dollars and physical resources, on the protection of students, their teachers and school-related personnel. Most notably, they are implementing the latest in safety strategies, tools and training.”
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