Monday, October 23, 2006

A Recipe for Disaster in the Schools?

As recent events have shown, U.S. schools continue to be vulnerable. Knowing that perfect security is not possible, school officials are left to do the best they can to minimize the threat.

A school district in Texas has become the first in the nation to offer "fight-back" training for teachers and students, and other school districts are considering it. Would it work? The company offering the training says so:

"Getting under desks and praying for rescue from professionals is not a recipe for success," said Robin Browne, an instructor for Response Options. "Five or six seventh-grade kids and a 95-pound art teacher can basically challenge, bring down and immobilize a 200-pound man with a gun."
To me, it sounds like a recipe for disaster. Close collaboration and extensive planning between school officials and local police seems like a better approach.

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