To stop school shootings, use Israel’s approach to fighting terror: Texas attorney general

To stop school shootings, use Israel's approach to fighting terror: Texas attorney general

(Photo: Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle via AP) America is once again reeling from yet another deadly mass shooting. The victims at Santa Fe High School were taken from us too soon, and the prayers of Texas and the nation are with their families. There is something especially haunting about a killer targeting a school, where parents send their children on the assumption that they will be safe as they learn. Experience is a hard teacher, and with 2018’s second major school shooting behind us, its lesson is clear: We must secure our schools. All over the country, schools lack security measures of any consequence — not enough armed personnel, few safety protocols and insufficient entryway monitoring. No federal government agency, airport or congressional office building would tolerate such vulnerability, so why the resistance to outfitting schools with the same level of security? American policymakers should look to Israel for guidance. Living constantly with the threat of terrorism, Israel solved the problem of school security long ago by hardening the target and tightening security practices. Every school with 100 or more students has at least one well-trained armed guard stationed at entrances to monitor who comes and goes. These guards operate under the auspices of the Israel Police and undergo rigorous training every four months . Roughly 40% of applicants fail the training test, ensuring that only the cream of the crop defend the schools. More from USA TODAY opinion: Would the Founders want our kids to die in school […]

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