The State of School Security Ten Years Post-Columbine

Posted by on January 7, 2010

School Security Blog debuts this first week in January of 2010.   We will quickly delve deeper together into the many facets of school safety, security, and emergency planning. 

But first we need to reflect on the state of school security. We can’t move forward without having a feel for where we have been and where we are today.

So we begin with posts of three mini-articles I put together in April of 2009 around the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School attacks:

  1. The Columbine 10th Anniversary: Lessons Learned, Glaring Gaps
  2. School Safety Blogging from the NSBA Annual Convention
  3. Nuts and Bolts Fundamentals Missing in Many School Safety and Crisis Plans


A few common themes emerge from these articles and many other national conversations on school safety held in 2009:

  • Schools have made a lot of progress on school safety since Columbine, but a lot more work remains to be done.
  • School safety is a leadership issue as much as it is a money issue.
  • We need to revisit and reinforce the fundamental, nuts-and-bolts school safety and emergency preparedness best practices.


We must have a solid foundation in order to build the more complex components of our house.  Let’s inspect our foundation and start building.

Ken Trump

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