School & District Management

Is ‘Hardening’ Schools to Prevent Shootings Really the Answer? (Video)

By Mike Bock — April 12, 2018 1 min read

In the aftermath of the school shooting massacre in Parkland, Fla., there have been calls for “hardening” schools to protect against attacks. Some have suggested adding physical security measures, like metal detectors and bullet-resistant glass, as well as more more law enforcement officers and armed staff.

Others say a better solution can be reached by creating a welcoming environment in schools, so students feel comfortable flagging anything that seems worrisome.

In this video, which originally aired on PBS Newshour, Education Week correspondent Lisa Stark takes a look at The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, which is trying to walk a middle ground. They have armed security, bullet-resistant lobbies, and a 24-hour tip line—but also utilize methods of minimizing stress on students and their families.


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