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One Nation Under Alarm: United States School Security

One Nation Under Alarm UNITED STATES SCHOOL SECURITY (CCC0 High-profile violence in 2012 and 2013 has fueled national debates over school security and gun control. A year later, what does the data tell us about safety, security and fear at our nation's learning centers? Here, we examine the national status of safety and security across the U.S. education landscape. PULSE CHECK Parents of K-12-aged children are more fearful for their kids' safety than in recent years, although children aren't expressing concern to parents any more than in recent years. Parents fearing for their children's safety at school Children expressing worry or concern about safety at school 45% 33% 31% • 35% 28% 32% 24% 25% 25% 33% 26% • 24% 21% 12% • 15% 10% 12% 11% 10% 10% 2001 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 RECENT TRAGEDIES HAVE CHANGED THE LANDSCAPE A recent survey of more than 600 K-12 schools and universities asked how recent tragedies affected schools' security, public safety or emergency management programs. Some Changes Many Changes (39%) Total 6% 33% Boston. Marathon Bombing K-12 & University (88%) 47% (52%) (38%) 5% 41% 43% 33% Santa Monica Sandy Hook College (CA) Shooting Shooting K-12 & University K-12 University 62% THE SECURITY SYSTEM OVER THE MARKET FOR EDUCATION NEXT 4 YEARS, IS EXPECTED TO GROW BY according to a report by IHS Research. Security Systems Integration in Education Industry, by Revenue $4.93 $3.99 $4.46 Billion Billion $2.71 $3.05 Billion $3.47 Billion Billion Billion 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 54% OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS report having recently increased their budgets for safety and security. K-12 CAMPUSES MIGHT ACTUALLY BE SAFER THAN EVER Deaths in schools trended downward from 2006 through 2010, the latest year for which data was available. Number of students, staff, and non-student school-associated violent deaths since 1992 O 63 O 57 57 53 O 47 45 O 48 48 48 44 48 O 44 34 36 35 31 36 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 Youth Homicides: Youth Suicides: AMERICAN CHILDREN 19 AGES 5 TO 18 APPEAR in-school out of in-school out of TO BE SAFER IN-SCHOOL THAN ELSEVWHERE. 1,396 1,456 total national (2010) total national (2011) A national survey of university officials revealed that campus security officers carry weapons in much smaller numbers than desired by leadership. University Leadership Favoring Armed Officers, by Weapon Type O 85% 81% 88% Lethal Weapons Stun Guns Pepper Spray Percent of Armed University Officers, by Lethality 13% 30% 25% 32% Lethal Weapons Less-Lethal Both Lethal and Neither Lethal Less-Lethal nor Less-Lethal 28% of college presidents have considered adding on-campus armed securitY personnel or police officers this year. WHILE CHILDREN APPEAR TO BE SAFER IN SCHOOL THAN OUTSIDE ITS WALLS, INVESTING IN PEACE OF MIND IS, ITSELF, A WORTHY GOAL. SCHOOLS OF ALL LEVELS ARE RAMPING UP SECURITY IN ORDER TO PRESERVE OUR EDUCATION SYSTEMS AS SAFE HAVENS WHERE THE ONLY CONCERN IS LEARNING. Sources: National Center for Education Statistics, "Indicators of School Crime and Safety" 2013 http://nces.ed.gov/programs/crimeindicators/crimeindicators2012/tables/table_0LLasp CampusSafetyMagazine.com, "Survey: Sandy Hook Tragedy Prompted." 2013. http://www.campussafetymagazine.com/Channel/School-Safety/Articles/2013/11/ How-Campuses-Reacted-to-Newtown.aspx CampusSafetyMagazine.com, "Yearbook 2013" 2013. http://www.campussafetymagarine.com/iles/resources/CampusSafety2013Yearbook.pdf IHS Research, "High-Profile Shootings Spur Rapid Growth of Market.* 2013. http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/high_profile shootings_spur_rapid growthof-market_for_usse hoolsecurity-systemintegration&cat id=36&from=sector Gallup, "College and University Presidents Panel" 2013. http://www.gallup.com/file/strategicconsulting/164255/Gallup-Inside%20Higher9E20Ed%20College%20an d%20University%20Presidents%20Panel%20-%202013%20Survey%202%20Findings.pdf Gallup, "Parents' School Safety Fears Haven't Receded Since Newtown" 2013. http://www.gallup.com/poll/164168/parents-school-safety-fears-haven-receded-newtown.aspx RASMUSSEN COLLEGE

One Nation Under Alarm: United States School Security

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Violence in schools in 2012 and 2013 has sparked a national debate on the safety of students and school security. Many may wonder, has anything changed? Have educational institutions nationwide put an...

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