Several changes have been made in Florida following the mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“We try to keep vigilant at the synagogue, and it’s not new, not necessarily since the Pittsburgh attacks, but we’ve been vigilant there ever since 9/11,” Etz Chaim Synagogue President Dr. Scott Ackerman said.
A 15-year-old student from a private school in Huntsville, Ala., spent two days blending into the student body of a crosstown high school and attending classes last month.
Most people are at a loss when trying to relate to the horrors and fear associated with a school or workplace shooting.
Concerns about school safety have increased in the wake of an altercation at Davidson High on Friday at about 9 p.m. after a basketball game. Two people were shot, and the suspect is currently at-large.
At the time of the shooting, Marshall County High School only had one resource officer; Lovett has hired four more for the county since then. Three of the SROs primarily work at the high school and two are stationed at the middle schools but rotate to the various elementary schools.
According to St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent Wayne Gent, schools now have a single entrance point, and larger campuses have changed the way students access the campus. All fences are being raised to at least 6 feet high and visitor protocol stricter.
A school resource officer first saw the student with an e-cigarette in their possession, according to the school. The officer then searched the student and found the handgun in their possession.
On Dec. 13, 2018, a random student let a high school student in via a side door, allowing that student to avoid the metal detectors at the main entrance and bring in a loaded BB gun. As a result, alarms were added to about 30 doors at the campus over winter break.
“When you're talking about an active shooter situation or medical emergency, you're talking about situations where a second saves lives,” Assistant Chief Roger Stearns said.