Report: Americans Believe Schools Are Less Safe In New Poll
Saturday (April 20th) will be the 20th Anniversary of one of the deadliest school shootings on American soil.
The Columbine High School Massacre where 2 students murdered 12 of their peers and one teacher was considered the deadliest school shootings in United States history.
Fast forward 20 years later and other multiple school shootings from a recent study most Americans consider schools less safe than they were before, but they don't fault the schools, blaming bullying, the availability of guns or the internet and video games..
According to the Associated Press, NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, just over two-thirds, 67 percent said that schools have become less safe, and only about one-third of parents are extremely or very confident their children are safe in school or that the school could respond to an active shooter despite all the planning and drills schools do now.
About another fourth percent of parents said they're moderately confident in their child's safety and the school's potential response, and 20 percent have little or no confidence.
Bob Farrace from the National Association of Secondary School Prinicipals said in a statement,
What the survey data tell us is that we need to take the next step in our safety efforts to purposefully and strategically communicate how successful our efforts have been in making schools safe, secure places where students can be their authentic selves and learn at their best.
Nearly half of Americans strongly blame school shootings on the availability of guns, and 67 percent want the nation's gun laws to be stronger.
Do you believe schools are less safe than they used to be, and if you're a parent, are you confident you child is safe in school and their their school would be able to respond to an active shooter?