EducationWeek: Schools Routinely Search Students for Weapons Under Safety Plans. Should They?

EducationWeek interviewed John McDonald for an article about safety plans following a March 22 shooting at a Denver, Colo. high school by a student during his daily check for guns.

Here’s an excerpt from the article, by Mark Walsh:

Such safety plans are in much wider use than the general public realizes, school safety experts say. They are a tool of the threat assessment model for dealing with school violence that emerged after the 1999 deadly mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

“It’s not unusual for a big district like Denver Public Schools to have hundreds of safety plans in place in a school year,” said John McDonald, who was security chief in the neighboring 69,000-student Jefferson County, Colo., school district after the mass shooting at Columbine, which is part of that district. “We had 700 to 800 in Jefferson County.”

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