Schools are on a roller coaster between security crackdowns after tragedies followed by a return to complacency, says the Rocky Mountain News. “Seriously, in a couple of weeks, try doing some follow-up – you’d be surprised how quickly people forget,” said Kenneth Trump, of Cleveland-based National School Safety and Security Services. Trump said the first line of defense against intruders and out-of-control teenagers like the Columbine High School killers is alert students and employees who report concerns to authorities. Electronic devices, such as cameras, are no substitute for human intervention, he said.
“The good news is, we’ve gotten better at preventing incidents like this since Columbine,” Trump said. “The bad news is that progress is stalled and slipping backward, and we’re vulnerable to falling back into complacency.” Some Denver-area schools already are increasing security. Beginning today, Douglas County schools will post an observer at the unlocked doors of every school, said Larry Borland, director of safety and transportation.