Today was a very serious day at a private high school in So Cal that I'm not going to name. It was all about saving kids lives. There was an ‘''active shooter'' drill, where teachers and staffers were taught to use anything that could get their hands on while a shooter was in the building (again a drill).
They piled up desks against the door, they tried to tie off the handle so the door couldn't be opened from the outside, they picked up a chair and held it at the ready as a weapon in case the bad guy did manage to get into the room. We're at the point, a year after Newtown, that these kinds of ‘'active shooter ‘' drills (I really really hate that term but it's become an accepted part of our language now, at least from law enforcement) are as necessary as fire drills and earthquake drills.
A lot of us are doing stories on ‘'what's changed'' in the year since 20 kids died at the hands of a lone , obviously twisted, young gunman in Newtown, Ct, what you may not have known is that since then here have been some 2 dozen additional school shootings, according to research done by the Daily Beast website.
One thing that struck me today, in talking with LAPD Sgt. Cathy Riggs, who put on the event called ‘'Seconds Count'' ( referring to the need for urgent response to a school shooting) is that in her opinion, and the opinion of many other professionals, the most important way to improve school security is to improve ‘'Anti Bullying ‘' education. That's right stress the importance of treating everyone with respect and dignity, and stress the potential deadly consequences of bullying someone... like.. say.. an Adam Lanza or the Columbine killers. Makes sense. But, high school kids can be awfully tough on each other.