This is all good news — that there could somehow arise national standards on how to build a school building as a hardened facility — — which hopefully would include concrete recommendations for hardening existing facilities.
A couple of thoughts;
- When it comes to schools being forced to waste money by federal regulation, don’t forget regulations which force the schools to deliver (and report on, in order to keep any federal monies they get flowing) social services.
- Although I agree that no employee who wishes to carry a sidearm should be prevented from doing so, I don’t believe that programs that encourage them to do so are needed. First off, if you harden the facility, the simple fact you hardened it will deter potential shooters from considering it; they;ll move on to other soft targets to vent their rage. Secondly, if they are able to shelter in place, you’ve given SWAT the seven to ten minutes they need to respond. The police regulars must be considered the PRIMARY line of defense; the school building just need to be able to deter the threat for sufficient time to allow them to respond.