Crowd-Sourcing School Safety

As the Board of Education seeks bids for a school security audit — and a Town/School Security Task Force including civic, police, fire and school officials examines buildings and procedures with an eye on immediate improvement — it can’t hurt to ask the “0688o” crowd for their thoughts, too.

Alert “06880” reader Bart Shuldman — who came up with this idea — notes that parents, students and other Westporters no doubt have good insights into some of the security issues at our schools. And creative ways to solve them.

This is not “instead of” the outside audit — it’s to give the firm that’s selected some solid ideas, and a sense of what kids, teachers, administrators, parents and visitors experience every day.

Click “Comments” to add your thoughts. Be specific and instructive, not mean or snarky. We’re all in this security business together, and together we can help the experts make our schools as safe — while still friendly — as they can be.

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11 responses to “Crowd-Sourcing School Safety

  1. another citizen

    How about a lock on the inside of the classroom door so teachers don’t need to go in the hall when the building id “secured”.

    And then there are the ever popular background checks for any and all gun sales! The schools will be safer if the world is safer and not before.

  2. Woog Rocks My World

    There will probably be dozens and dozens of asinine comments regarding gun control/safety/bla bla bla in the comments by the end of the day. But I encourage my fellow 06880 peeps to stay ON POINT. That is, how do we better protect our schools regardless of any state or federal laws put in place to control guns.

    Inside door locks is a very common logic idea, but also a very flawed one. Security guards are actually a reasonable suggestion, but not a feasible or sustainable idea. So what do we do with the actual security of our schools.

    I personally have no idea. Short of having the army protect each entrance point, which is ridiculous, or spending thousands upon thousands of dollars to install a highly intelligent lockdown system (it is designed to actually trap the shooter into one confined space), which is possible in a place like Westport but not possible in rural Kentucky, the best you can do is hope…pray…and just be as prepared as you can. We do that every day we step outside – or we go to church – or we go to the mall – or we go to our office. How are schools any different?

    • I just don’t understand. We’re left with hoping and praying, but changing gun laws is off the table?

  3. Mantraps work very well with T-DAR technology that senses more than one person… Biometric access for teachers and authorized personnel as well as video monitoring. Each location is 35-50k depending on features. However, so many other points of entry remain available for someone wanting to gain access. nothing is foolproof!! If someone is hell bent on entry, all you can do is make it more difficult. I still think nothing beats off duty law enforcement… Given their training and ability to assess threats rapidly and react accordingly, and as I have said before…they have direct communication with dispatch and can communicate and direct assistance more effectively than say a teacher who is already charged with keeping the focus on protecting students under their charge!

  4. Bart Shuldman

    Maybe this will help start the thinking: I told that a side door by the cafeteria at Staples is often left unlocked ormpropped open. If true, insuring it is locked and not left open could provide safety we need.

    I am sure other parents see things at Staples and other schools that could keep our children and teachers more secure.

  5. Tracy, Connecticut has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Bad people hell bent on causing harm do not follow the law and will stop at nothing to achieve their twisted objectives… But then again….following Dan’s wishes….back on point! Being vigilant and observant regarding individual’s behaving suspiciously is key. In the words of the NYPD… You see something…say something!

    • But Jamie – I don’t think Adam Lanza would have gone to any great lengths to obtain illegal guns and ammo. They were just there for the taking. Making it harder, I believe, will help.

      • Woog Rocks My World

        In that case, you have to blame the mother who was shot to death in her bed. She is at fault for not making them harder to access — they were not locked up and to me that is the most offensive act of foolishness I have ever heard of.

  6. Jamie Walsh

    Exactly Tracy, it appears to be that Adam Lanzas parents…especially, his mother, failed him and tradgically, as well as all the innocent children and teachers. Knowing that he had “serious issues”, he was still directly exposed to shooting time at the range with mom, and apparently open access to the firearms that should have been secured in a gun safe that he could not access. All gun owners have a moral responsibility to secure all firearms ensuring that they cannot be accessed by the unauthorized. Also, his interest in violent gaming only further desensitized him, further thrusting him into a delusional state. This is a disturbed young man who had interest in the nut job in Norway that brutally killed so many. The reality is that we will never stop those who are fixated on reaking havoc…not limiting weather a weapon has a pistol grip…a bayonet catch or a flash suppressor. These are all cosmetic feel good measures. Laws are meant for all! Unfortunately, bad people do not abide by laws. Only law abiding people respect the laws. Sorry, Dan….went off point again!

  7. I have a problem with people posting online, intimate detail about our school security flaws.i have not read anything thus far that is alarming, but would rather not read any going forward.

  8. You never know who is lurking. Bart, above, shared (IMHO) a security flaw. Also, the news media “reporting” on what we are doing next to target terrorists..WTF? Sickos and terrorists read the internet and watch the news too. Go figure.