March 25, 2009 at 4:31 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Once a troubled student is staring down a metal detector, security camera, or school resource officer, it’s too late.

That was one of the conclusions I discussed in a panel last week organized by School Safety Partners and called Colorado Rising: The Future of School Safety.

The Friday morning press conference included Darrell Scott, whose daughter Rachel was killed at Columbine; Kristi Mohrbacher, who was in her junior year at Columbine in 1999; school safety expert Michael Dorn; and 1999 Columbine graduate Andrew Robinson, writer/director of the film “April Showers.”

I was also on the panel, but up until a few minutes before we spoke, did not know who exactly would be joining me. I had thought the panel would mostly be discussion of nuts and bolts school security: cameras and metal detectors.

But the well-spoken hour of discussion reached a different conclusion: You need to help troubled students before they consider charging through a metal detector (or trying to sneak through one). It’s the humans, not the metal detectors, we have to focus on.

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