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ERIC Number: EJ949505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
School Security after 9/11
Kennedy, Mike
American School & University, v83 n10 p18-23 Jun 2011
More than 3,000 people died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, but the damage extended far beyond the physical casualties of that horrific day. The shock of the cold-blooded brutality and the devastation that resulted led to a grim realization that everyone was vulnerable to violence and tragedy. Although other catastrophes and violent episodes have had a more direct connection to schools and universities--the shootings at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech; the flooding that destroyed Gulf Coast classrooms in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; the tornado that decimated several schools last month in Joplin, Missouri--the enormity of seeing those planes bring down the World Trade Center towers and damage the Pentagon on a Tuesday morning nearly 10 years ago crystallized for most Americans how vital security is and how costly it can be when security measures fall short. Among the people who have absorbed those lessons and have focused greater attention in the last 10 years on bolstering security are the administrators from every school district and higher-education institution who are responsible for providing safe learning environments for tens of millions of students and staff members. This article discusses the security improvements that schools and universities have embraced in the aftermath of September 11 and other tragedies which are keeping campuses safer.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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