CCTV and School Shootings
Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, there has been a renewed interest in the use of CCTV in schools. Advocates for CCTV argue that it can help prevent school shootings by allowing law enforcement to quickly identify the perpetrator and intervene. Critics argue that CCTV is ineffective and that it can actually lead to more shootings by making shooters aware that they are being watched.
There is no definitive answer to the question of whether CCTV can prevent school shootings. However, there is evidence that CCTV can be useful in investigating shootings that have already occurred. After the Sandy Hook shooting, the police reviewed footage from the school’s CCTV cameras in order to identify the shooter. This footage was then used to help build a case against the shooter’s mother, who was charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Despite its usefulness in investigating shootings, CCTV is not a foolproof solution to the problem of school shootings. In the UK, which has been using CCTV in schools for many years, there have been several shootings, including the Dunblane massacre in 1996 and the Cumbria shootings in 2010. In both of these cases, the shooters were known to the police and were not stopped by the CCTV cameras.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to use CCTV in schools is a complex one that must be made on a case-by-case basis. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of whether CCTV can prevent school shootings. However, there is evidence that CCTV can be a valuable tool in investigations after a shooting has occurred.
School Shooting Facts
Sandy Hook, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Columbine—these are but a few of the school shootings in which many lives were lost. Could these shootings have been predicted – and prevented? Most students who carried out deadly school shootings first displayed threatening or suspicious behavior that went unreported, according to an analysis released by the U.S. Secret Service. “These are not sudden, impulsive acts where a student suddenly gets disgruntled. The majority of these incidents are preventable. I found that while most U.S. schools have security features like cameras in place and have adopted lockdown procedures, only 17 percent of schools have a system in place where students or families can notify authorities of a student in crisis. Modern Technology has many tools in the tool box today in 2019-2021 that can prevent most before it even happens. SVT has been designing a system technology at doing just that. If we can prevent a Shooting over a loss of lives isn’t that worth the Money???
Yet Money seems to be the reason we have these issues. Yes Money. Schools would rather spend money on everything else except SECURITY !!!!!!!
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