TOLEDO, Ohio (NEWS10) — A study published in the Journal Violence and Gender found that school security measures don’t keep students safe from gun violence.
According to the study, hardening schools seems to be questionable for most schools and can create a false sense of security.
“Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to harden schools. None of the currently employed school firearm violence prevention methods have…evidence to show they actually diminish firearm violence in schools.”
The study found that schools need to engage in collaborative research for evidence-based practices and policy, expand mental health services, and cost-effective educational programs for reducing violence.
A PDK International poll found that parents overwhelming support mental health screenings, armed guards, and metal detectors at schools.
Americans weighed in on school security in the #pdkpoll. To find out what they had to say about metal detectors, arming teachers and staff, and more as ways to prevent school shootings, go to https://t.co/mkfreZYZTe pic.twitter.com/EfnfiShUKd— PDK International (@pdkintl) April 16, 2019
Researchers ay firearm injuries are the third leading cause of death for youth (14 percent of all deaths for people 1 to 19 years old).