One year ago on Friday, December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conneticut was struck by a shooting that occurred during school hours. The gunman, Adam Lanza, age 20, stole three guns from his mother after killing her. He took a semi-automatic rifle and two hand guns. The lone gunman shot his way through the office door. He then headed towards the kindergarten, first grade classrooms. He shot all 14 children and a substitute, then went into the next classroom, shot Victoria Soto and six students killing all of them. Once the police arrived at 9:30 a.m., he took his life leaving behind twenty-six people dead and many wounded. Out of 700 hundred students, 20 were shot and killed along with six adults, according to CNN.
Ever since that morning schools have made some dramatic changes to how their security systems and procedures are run. These changes include surveillance systems all over the school, new check-in systems at the front office and even something as simple as keeping all doors and gates locked during school hours, according to USA Today.
They even have tight knit security systems in Lake Arrowhead, according to the OC Register. Grandview Elementary School, Lake Arrowhead, has a new way of security to make sure no one that doesn’t belong there, does not get in. Being an all indoor school, Grandview Elementary has a fence around the entire school and it is all locked, the main office doors are locked and to enter a visitor has to show their I.D. When someone knocks on the door staff previews the visitor through a window and lets the visitor in accordingly.
In their district they have three elementary schools, one junior high and one high school that are all on lockdown. At the high school, they have to wear their I.D badges around their necks all day long, and that includes teachers. They have also felt the need to put cameras around the campus that keep watch on the perimeters and all the hallways.
“From San Clemente to Seal Beach, new response plans based on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s run, hide, fight model are rolling out,” according to the OC Register. Bernardo staff have been trained by Orange County Sheriff Lieutenant, Bob Wren, to “run, hide, and fight” in response to an intruder.
The new response plan of “deny access, evade, and engage”, first developed in Capistrano Unified School District, in South Orange County, was vetted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, which is promoting run, hide and fight-based plans in all of the campuses it serves, including those in Saddleback Valley Unified School District, at Foothill High School in Tustin, Villa Park High School in Villa Park, and at the schools the department serves in Yorba Linda, according to the Orange County Register.