Schools present a vulnerable target to armed violence, making up nearly a quarter of active shooter incidents. While local law enforcement is uniquely organized and capable of providing the necessary resources to deter violent attacks in schools and respond to violence when it occurs, arguments for faculty arming have validity when compared to alternatives. AMU graduate student Ron Dahart writes about the importance of having a layered security approach to preparedness and response to armed attackers on school grounds. If arming faculty is deemed necessary, here are the guidelines and best practices that schools must incorporate into their policy.
By Dr. Amy Burkman and Dr. Vincent Giordano with American Public University
On Friday, December 13, 2013, a student opened fire in a quiet suburban Colorado high school just after noon. A mirror of many other school shootings that have taken place, this shooting ended quickly and with immense confusion and widespread fear.