Has Your School Changed Since Newtown?

Dec 12, 2013

One year ago, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 20 children and six adults. Afterwards, schools in Rhode Island and around the country were on high alert, and many called for a conversation about how to make students safer.

So, what happened?

In Rhode Island, lawmakers passed a bill requiring school districts to work with local law enforcement on safety reviews and report their emergency plans to the State Department of Education.

However, some principals I spoke with after Newtown said the scariest thing about the shooting was that it appeared school staff had followed best practices in their emergency procedures.

My question to school officials, teachers and parents is what, if anything, has changed since Newtown? Are you taking additional steps to prepare for a worst-case scenario? Do you believe additional steps are need to ensure student safety?

If you have thoughts or comments, please email me at eharrison@ripr.org, or give me a call (401) 351-2244/(401) 489-8667.