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Popular Video Educates on School Safety

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Date Published
August 2011
2 pages
This article profiles a documentary video which focuses on improving school safety.

The video discusses technology solutions, including less-lethal technologies; metal detectors; and enhanced use of surveillance cameras that could be used to improve schools' ability to respond to security emergencies. The video, entitled "It Can Happen Here," was released in spring 2010, and using the Columbine and Platte Canyon school shootings in Colorado, focuses on the valuable lessons that communities can learn from these tragedies. In addition, it includes an interview with the senior Israeli police and public security attache for North America about successful school safety strategies used in that country's ongoing struggle with terrorism. Also offered is a list of resources such as Web sites, reference materials and contacts for help with writing and implementing school safety plans. This video should be considered a starting place for communities to start discussing what they would do if a similar event happened where they live, work and play.

Date Published: August 1, 2011