Sandy Hook Report Influences School Security
SOUTHLAKE (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas school district officials and police officers dug through a Connecticut State’s Attorney report on the Sandy Hook school shooting Monday.
The report offered the first complete summary of the investigation and incident that changed the way most districts approached campus safety this year.
In the days following the shooting, districts set up campus tours, convened task forces and put together broad action plans to prevent another shooting like the one that took the lives of 20 children and six adults. Carroll ISD in Southlake added officers to every campus. Dallas ISD spent $4.5 million dollars for security cameras and door locks at elementary schools.
The report revealed how shooter Adam Lanza used a rifle to get past secure entrances though. Some people were already dead by the time there was a 9-1-1 call. The shooting was over before the first police officers entered the building.
Dallas ISD Chief Craig Miller said it doesn’t change his view of just how secure campuses can be.
“I believe as I did a year ago, that a crazed lunatic who’s willing to die for a cause, all we can really hope to do is to just mitigate the amount of damage that a person like that can do,” he said.
Fort Worth ISD, Carroll ISD, Keller ISD had all either started reviewing the report or indicated it was likely that incident command teams would do so.
The report did not contain the one answer Miller and others were hoping to see, that of a motive for Lanza. For Miller that emphasized the importance of adding to security simply by communicating with students.
“I think the one thing as parents we should learn, is it’s important to know what’s going on in our children’s lives, to know why they are in the mood they’re in and to help them as much as we can,” he said.
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