Some of South Carolina’s largest school districts are investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in advanced security technology with little evidence that it will actually keep students safer.
The districts are increasing security measures after the nation’s most recent mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24 shook the country. School shootings are on the rise, but experts warn that knee-jerk security increases don’t effectively protect schools.
Jason Nance, associate dean for research at the University of Florida’s law school, noted that barriers like metal detectors are tangible objects politicians and school district authorities can point to when they want to prove to the public that their schools are secure.
Yet there aren’t strong findings to show metal detectors better protect students…..
Several of South Carolina's largest school districts are putting hundreds of thousands of dollars in new school security technology with little evidence it will actually make schools safer. https://t.co/Vvugr4WkeZ
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