Institutions Hold Responsibility for Emergency Preparedness and Security
A recent news article discusses the recent event in which the court orders a $95 million settlement based on the complaint that the airlines bore a responsibility for lack of security on 9/11.
Let that sink in for a minute. According to this civil finding, the airlines weren’t a victim (as is / was the public sentiment at the time), but rather they had a responsibility to employ a higher degree of security.
Likewise, there is a pending lawsuit against Planned Parenthood based upon the Spree Shooting which occurred there in Colorado Springs in 2015.
Based on that kind of thinking and precedent, at what point will parents start to sue schools for failing to provide a higher degree of security, i.e., Access Control, Armed Security, Rehearsed Emergency Operations Procedures (Shelter In Place, Emergency Evacuation, Reunification Processes, etc.)?
Not long at all. It’s already happening. The parents of the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders in Newtown, CT, have already done so.
It’s often said that “Ignorance is bliss,” these courts, however, seem less forgiving.
Hoping is not a strategy. If you’re a school administrator, you no longer have the luxury of concluding “It can’t / won’t happen here.” The FBI reports that Active Shooter incidents have occurred in nearly every state in the United States, in institutions ranging from K-12 to / through major universities. They have occurred in small, isolated, rural communities and large urban settings. They have been perpetrated by students, parents, staff members and strangers.
Modern Technology and School Security and Safety Measures
You know, (or should know) your school is not immune. What have you done to prepare? Does it represent your best effort? Do your students, staff and parents deserve any less? What are you waiting for?
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Ken Hilte – SSI Certified Executive Instructor, is a law enforcement professional with over 30 years of police experience in both traditional and campus policing. Ken is a retired campus police chief from Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), where he served a four campus college with over 20,000 students. In addition to his law enforcement role, he was involved in behavioral intervention and provided public education in the area of safety through timely warnings, newsletters, and presentations. He is a veteran of the US Air Force and has a Masters degree in Management from Troy University and a Bachelors degree from Colorado State University – Pueblo.