Schools feel vulnerable to the threat of shootings and students must know what to do in case one happens. School lockdowns and active-shooter training are as commonplace as fire drills. Buzzers and locks have fortified school doors that were once left wide open. The sight of police officers in elementary schools is common. Some districts allow staff members to carry weapons for what they believe is an added layer of security.
The identity of the shooter, reportedly also a student at the school, wasn’t immediately released in the small town of Aztec, New Mexico. Gov. Susana Martinez said teachers and police prevented more deaths.
Authorities said the shooting followed a fight that started inside a dorm room on the Louisiana campus and spilled outside around midnight Tuesday. They said the victims were acquainted with their suspected killer.
Beginning with Colorado’s Columbine High School 18 years ago, more than 135,000 students attending at least 164 primary or secondary schools have experienced a shooting on campus, calculated the Washington Post. The newspaper explores the impact of one such death at a South Carolina elementary school last fall.
Tucked away in Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget last week was a note that the White House was calling for a $54.8 million cut in school safety research. There was no explanation for the cut. When The Crime Report asked DOJ for an explanation, it said it was awaiting results of the earlier research.