Violent Attacks in Schools on the Rise in Late 2021 -Districts Move to Increase Building Security
After a year-long decrease in violent attacks in our country’s schools due to COVID, incidents involving guns spiked in the last quarter of 2021, when students returned to their classrooms.
The deadliest incident occurred on Nov. 30 in Oxford, Mich., when a high school student shot to death four classmates and wounded seven others. In this case, the student’s parents bought him the gun as a present. They were also charged.
In all, there were 34 school shootings in 2021, 24 of which occurred after Aug. 1. In 2020, a year in which most students studied remotely as their schools were closed, there were 10 shootings. In 2018 and 2019, there were 24 violent actions involving guns in each year.
Under the radar are an unspecified number of planned school attacks by students that were uncovered by authorities before they were carried out.
Equally concerning was a nationwide alert in late December after a social media post on Tik Tok suggested there would be shooting and bombing attacks on schools all over the country on Dec. 17.
No attacks materialized but a number of school districts took the threat seriously and increased security in their schools that day.
In response to the increased violence in schools, officials are re-visiting building security. It was after the infamous violent attack by a student at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, which left 26 dead, including 20 students, that school systems across the country began upgrading their building security. Among the measures was installing security window film on all the first-floor and entryway windows in all their school district buildings, making it extremely difficult for unwanted intruders to enter. This decision was especially significant because the attacker at Sandy Hook entered the building by break the glass in the front entrance.
In order to protect their school buildings’ windows and entryways, school administrators turned to experienced security window film installers to secure the glass in their buildings. Since 2012, Commercial Window Shield of Greer, S.C. has become one of the leading installers of shatter resistant window films in school buildings nationwide.
To date, Commercial Window Shield has protected windows and entryways in more than 150 school buildings in nine states. Specifically, the company has completed safety and security film projects at Geneva, Minooka and Lake Zurich school districts in suburban Chicago; Calvert County [Md.] Public Schools; Bath Local Schools, near Lima, Ohio; Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools, N.Y.; Hartford, Glastonbury and Simsbury school districts in Connecticut; Henry County in Virginia; and in Beaverton, Ore. and Lansdale, Pa.
If you are considering protecting the windows and entryways in your school buildings by installing security window film contact [email protected] For more information, visit www.commercialwindowshield.com