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Friday, 23 February 2018 15:18

The Interconnectivity Needed to Keep Kids Safe in School

Lots of people saw warnings signs that Nikolas Cruz could be a danger to others. It may have been worse than anyone could imagine — 14 students and three teachers killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. — but the signs of trouble were there.

Several students noted after the shooting the antisocial tendencies exhibited by Cruz and that police had been to his house on numerous occasions. Obviously there was no system in which that information could get processed and help, in the form of counseling, restraining order or whatever appropriate, could be dispensed.

This is typical, say experts on school safety, and needs to change. There are other viable ways of protecting students as well, including centralized entry, where the students are greeted and perhaps even move through a metal detector.