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Rushing 1 Joshua Rushing Instructor: Chase Pielak ENG101 11-12-2020 Assignment: Research Essay Title: Working Security at a High School Having a job providing security at a high school since Sandy Hook in 2012 has been interesting to say the least. Since starting in this profession just a few months prior to Sandy Hook there have been changes starting with; site visitor protocol, campus entry point checks, and the constant vigilance of keeping an eye out for any kind of weapon, a larger emphasis on a physical presence instead of just being another adult on campus and lastly the mental health of students and the ways it is adressed. While prior to the Columbine High shooting in 1999 ( Columbine High School shootings 2009) caused people to realize that the worst possibility of a child going to school and being shot was in fact possible, most schools took steps to address that possibility however after Sandy Hook school districts took a more active approach since the number of shootings at schools rose
Rushing 2 exponentially to an average of 1 school shooting every 77 days ( Are School Shootings Becoming More Frequent? We Ran The Numbers 2019). In the first way school protocols changed even in the few months between Sandy Hook and from when I started in May of that same work there has been a focus on ensuring all visitors are identified prior to entry to a campus. There have been companies that have invented devices and programming to run a license of a visitor against a database to identify if they are a sexual offender or even if your district has identified them as an unwanted person so a message flashes for them to be seen by administration or security. Schools went from a more open dynamic for parents and visitors to clear parameters for entry.

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