Students’ Reactions To School Safety Efforts Differ

School shootings have been a major concern in America since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, 20 children and six adults. Schools in America are now trying to make more of an effort to protect students and prevent events like this from happening. But for some kids, these efforts are not enough. Jaylynn Higgin, who attends Achievement First High School in Hartford, said, “I don’t think my school is prepared for [a school shooting]. They focus more on teaching students academics; they forget that we are humans too and we want to enjoy our lives and they don’t take the time to go over safety measures with the kids in case the teacher is not in the room when the incident happens.”

Students like Higgin are more concerned about what might happen in different situations if a school shooter is present in the school.