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School safety at Scappoose High

School safety and gun control has been the hot issue of the year 2018.

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Sariah Napa'a, Reporter

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For us, I think as far as a nation, safety protocols are gonna change over the course of time.”

— Vice Principal Mckedy

There has been a drastic rise in school shootings in the year 2018 alone. In a period of just nine weeks, there have been fourteen school shootings across the nation.

Scappoose High School is protected by the federal Gun-Free School Zone Act. The act states that, “any possession or discharge of a firearm in a school zone is prohibited.”

If a student is intent on bringing a weapon to school then, “Under state and federal law, expulsion from school is required for a period of not less than one (1) year.” 

The superintendent can modify the expulsion requirement for an individual. 

Scappoose High School currently follows the I Love U Guys Foundation‘s protocols. Which focus on school safety and offers different materials, that schools can use for any situation that requires the safety of staff and students. I Love U Guys cover every aspect of lockouts, lock downs, evacuations, and finding a safe shelter.

In an interview with Vice Principal Mckedy, he stated that the school’s safety procedures will eventually change. “My thought is that it’s probably gonna change to what they called ‘ALICE’. I’ve been talking with the police chief and I think that’s where things might go.” ALICE helps different organizations, including schools, on how to respond to violence. ALICE stands for alert, lock down, inform, counter, and evacuate.

Unlike the traditional lock down procedure, ALICE provides option based tactics that have become the more acceptable response to any dangerous situation. The training provides preparation and plans for organizations on how they can handle threats from an aggressive intruder and/or an active shooter event more proactively.

According to the article, “School Shootings are extraordinaryily rare. Why is fear of them driving policy” by David Ropeik, the chances of a child being shot in a public school are remarkably low.

That means the statistical likelihood of any given public school student being killed by a gun, in school, on any given day since 1999 was roughly 1 in 614,000,000.”

— David Ropeik

It is far lower than what people assume it to be, but there is still that risk. The school can’t make guns go away. The only thing they can do is keep the school body safe from another school shooting.

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