We all know that there have been a number of mass shootings lately, some in schools. How safe is our school? According to CBS News, as of September 1, which was the 244th day of the year, there have been 283 mass shootings in the U.S., according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which tracks every mass shooting in the country. The GVA defines a mass shooting as any incident in which at least four people were shot, excluding the shooter. Do we have policies in place to safeguard student and staff? If a student or someone were to have a gun then what would we do?
In the Emergency Guide, there are ways you should handle situations based off what scenario is happening. The Emergency guide is located by the door in every class. If a school shooting were to take place, then the teachers are going to have to think fast to protect the students. They would lock the door, and maybe barricade the door. When teachers come to Winnebago, they required to read the guide. Substitute teachers come to the schools to teach when teachers are gone, but if a real emergency were to happen, would they know what to do?
Schools aren’t really safe from anyone. The doors are open in the morning and, open a little later after school starts for the kids who are running late. Someone could sneak in and hide somewhere inside the school, not just an adult but also another teenager. Students could bring guns to school. The student would already be in the school and in the classroom. Teenagers could be hard to reason with. Everyone should be prepared to be faced with real emergencies. Doing practices for emergencies like shooting drills, assemblies for what to do in that situation, reading the guide, knowing the police station’s number are important ways to prepare for the unthinkable. After school begins, all entryways in the school are locked down. You must be buzzed in by the main entrance to enter the school. Almost every area of the school is monitored by cameras. Measures are being taken, but are they enough?
In conclusion, schools should always be prepared for real situations and practice so students and teachers will be safe. Being one step ahead of the threat is always great. Being faced with danger can make us think differently and it could make things worse. Being prepared would make things better in schools and communities. No one likes to think about something like this happening in their school or community. Most people might say “that will never happen here.” Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to say that. Our school has taken many measures to ensure our safety and will continue to improve.