Billions Are Being Spent To Protect Students From School Shootings. Does Any Of The Measures Work?
Even though school security is a booming industry, The Washington Post surveyed schools that have had shootings and only one school suggested that any kind of safety technology might have made a difference. Many had robust security plans already in place but still couldn’t stop the incidents. The response is backed up by a federally funded study that cautioned about the effectiveness of school security technology. In other news: a look at how doctors and nurses deal with the trauma of gun violence.
The Washington Post:
School Shootings Have Fueled A $2.7 Billion School Safety Industry. What Makes Kids Safer?
The expo had finally begun, and now hundreds of school administrators streamed into a sprawling, chandeliered ballroom where entrepreneurs awaited, each eager to explain why their product, above all others, was the one worth buying. Waiters in white button-downs poured glasses of chardonnay and served meatballs wrapped with bacon. In one corner, guests posed with colorful boas and silly hats at a photo booth as a band played Jimmy Buffett covers to the rhythm of a steel drum. For a moment, the festive summer scene, in a hotel 10 miles from Walt Disney World, masked what had brought them all there. (Woodrow Cox and Rich, 11/13)
How Doctors And Nurses Cope With The Human Toll Of Gun Violence
Gun violence has become a part of everyday life in America and of the work lives of doctors, nurses and first responders, too. After the National Rifle Association told doctors to "stay in their lane" in response to a policy proposal from the American College of Physicians for reducing gun-related injuries and deaths, there was a backlash. Health care professionals shared heart-wrenching stories about treating people harmed by firearms. How do doctors and nurses cope with their regular encounters with the human toll of gun violence? How does exposure to trauma affect them? (Gordon, 11/14)