Recent and unfortunate acts of violence in U.S. schools have many wondering how safe their local schools are and how to make them safer. Obvious mitigations include controlling access, adding extra security equipment, and improving school security technologies. However, it is also important to consider less obvious factors as well, such as curbing bullying and better identifying individuals with poor mental health.
All too frequently, we hear the media report on stories of school security and school safety issues. The tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut have parents, students, teachers, and community members alike wondering just how vulnerable their children are to these and other hazards.