Prevent Future School Shootings

Prevent Future School Shootings

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Noah Carpino started this petition to Buffalo Public Schools and

Problem:


Safety in the current state of our nation is hard to achieve, but it is not impossible. There has been 288 school shootings in the past 9 years and 36 school shootings in 2018 alone. Olmsted's current security would not be very effective in preventing such an event. Many Buffalo Public Schools don't have adequate security measures/procedures that will effectively stop someone from entering a school with a weapon changing our healthy learning environment and doing harm to innocent children and staff. The parents of these kids need to have comfort and confidence when dropping their child off at a Buffalo Public School. Colleges all over the nation have armed guards and police all over campus because of these occurrences, why can’t we have this type of safety? Why do colleges have armed guards that can stop school shootings or prevent them entirely and we don’t? High schools in other states have armed police officers (at least 1) in the school at all times. They are guaranteed some protection until emergency services arrive. According to the Buffalo Public Schools Security Department, our best bet to survival during a tragedy is to run and hide, lock the doors and hide in the classroom, hoping to survive. If someone entered the building with a gun, we have to “hide away in the back of the classroom” and “assume silence.” If someone has a motive to do something, a locked wooden door is not a very big obstacle to overcome when you have a firearm. Getting an education should not be scary, schools should be a place of education and refuge if necessary without question.

 

Solution:


If the district refuses having armed police officers within the school, then maybe these solutions will substitute. Implementing metal detectors, magnetic doors that secure seperate floors of the building, and immediate deactivation of elevators within the buildings are a few ideas for change. These are only 3 of the many solutions to this issue. Sure the handheld metal detectors will go off and will find things every so often but it is very easy to get through that interaction, after all only a few students are wanded out of an entire group. Walk Through Metal detectors would allow quick filtering of students as they enter the building allowing the school to maintain the safety of the children within it and would allow the students to get to class on time. Having doors that are at the end of each floor and at every stairwell of each floor magnetically lock would secure each floor from an imminent threat. If a threat entered the building they would be isolated wherever they entered the building. The other protocols that are already implemented (the "Lockdown" procedure) would further protect those children within the vicinity of the threat. Deactivation of the elevators within the building would further isolate the threat from entering any other floor in the building. Cutting power from the elevator doesn't require much, metal detectors and magnetic locking mechanisms for doors is a small price to pay for the ultimate goal, safety. Budget priority should be set on securing the current building before expanding and renovating them. I am sure there are many other ideas and solutions to this problem, but these solutions are essential.

Reference to the current procedure issued by the Buffalo Public School District:


Emergency Response to Critical Situations

Personal Story:


I am just a senior at Olmsted that would like to make a difference before I graduate. I have wanted to make a petition about this for a while now since the horrific abundance of school shootings in the United States. I care deeply about the safety of the children that will be in this school long after I graduate.  If I were to leave this school knowing that I might have been able to make a difference and a tragedy occurred, I would be mentally crushed. Every time we see one of these shootings on the news, we begin to think of it as just "another one" which is horrible but is a regular occurrence. I hope to change that by improving security within our district and maybe even on a larger scale.

 

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