School shootings continue in American schools despite increases in security measures

  • Article by: KIMBERLY HEFLING , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 3, 2014 - 3:56 AM

WASHINGTON — Despite increased security put in place after the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, there's been no real reduction in the number of U.S. school shootings.

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comment229Feb. 3, 14 5:48 AM

Recently, it was reported that an ambitious young reporter almost lost her job for pointing out and reporting on the lack of security in our schools. Translation, the "authorities" at all levels were embarrassed. She did her job; and few others have. Don't believe me though. Tomorrow, walk down to your local school and see if you can walk in the front door, or any other entrance. Try this, if you cannot get into a building, good!!! but wait for one person to "walk out the door" and grab it before it closes. No, we gave this problem lip service, because we all know that this could never happen in our local schools!!!!

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comment229Feb. 3, 14 5:53 AM

I have talked to several teachers who would like to see two security measures instituted in their schools and classrooms so at least a first and last line of defense would be established..... and yet, nothing happens. The first, is the locked entry with a second locked set of inner doors with cameras and a buzz in system. You can defeat the first set of doors but not the second without talking to someone through an intercom. Second, and simply, the windows removed from beside their classroom doors and a deadbolt lock installed INSIDE the classroom so when a code red is called, the classroom becomes a temporary fortress and time is on your side.

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barbjensFeb. 3, 14 5:58 AM

The problem is all the people out there that own guns "just because" they can. They really have no NEED for a gun but get one anyway. These end up in the hands of those that "snap" or have bad intentions. Just too many guns laying around and being used this way.

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u4775Feb. 3, 14 7:16 AM

Oh too many guns, I wondered when that was coming. Guess what, there have always been guns and actually more per capita than today even. What has changed is people, society and mass communications. There were shootings in the past but they did not have 24/7 news coverage reaching into the far corners of the country either. Not quite so easy to fix is it?

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BVMannFeb. 3, 1410:53 AM

Good comments. (1) We should DEMAND enforcement of existing laws! (2) Then we should (somehow) get the media to stop reporting & sensationalizing these incidents. (3) And finally, and perhaps most important, we need to help hopeless kids. The ones from broken, impovershed homes and/or with mental illness. Guns are always available on the black market no matter how many more laws are enacted. Focusing on the three initiatives above should drastically cut down on the number of these incidents.

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