NBC had a brilliant idea to explore the state of school security. It was a simple premise: what happens when we try to walk in to a school? Can we get near children?
The results weren’t great. In New York City, Jonathan Vigliotti of WNBC was able to walk in to seven out of 10 schools without being challenged. “I had a harder time getting into my friend’s apartment building,” said Vigliotti.
As school security remains a hot topic — and a growing vertical market for integrators — the challenge remains to “close the gap” between the technology and the training needed for staff to enable or maximize the security the security systems can offer.
“It’s not just a matter of putting in technology,” said Michael Dorn, executive director of Safe Havens International, a non-profit organization that conducts safety assessments for school districts across the country. “Where we’re often running into problems is with training."
Well, at least he didn’t throw security under the “school” bus (pun intended).
Read the full story here: http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/08/21820538-nbc-reporters-gain-access-to-some-schools-with-ease-exposing-security-gaps?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=1