No silver bullet solutions for school security improvement

Students are evacuated by police out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.  Photo credit: (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Security InfoWatch published an article entitled, “Experts: No silver bullet solutions for school security improvement” on May 25, 2018. FEA’s Vice President of Physical Security Services Paul Timm was quoted extensively in the article. Paul provided his perspective on how to avoid school shootings, saying in part:

“The mental health experts can sometimes be diametrically opposed to those of us in the physical security industry and we’re going to have play better together and work in ways that we haven’t understood in the past,” he says. “We’ve got to get a group of stakeholders together that cover all of these areas (security, education, mental health, IT, etc.) and everyone is going to have to be flexible and cooperative.”

And while implementing layers of technology can bolster a school security posture, Timm emphasizes that security systems are not a panacea either. “Instead of trying to find the one-size-fits-all or magic wand solution, we’re going to have to take a measured approach to this and we can and that begins with relationships, not a system,” he adds. “It begins with getting people together and getting them talking about things that are difficult to talk about but now they are front and center.”

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