Questions about school safety are looming in the aftermath of Monday morning’s North Park Elementary School shooting.
The incident occurred when a 53-year-old man shot and killed his estranged wife Karen Elaine Smith, who was teaching a special education class at the San Bernardino school. The man also fatally shot an 8-year-old student before turning the gun on himself. Another student was wounded, but is in stable condition. The shooter reportedly had a history of domestic abuse and he was able to enter the school by checking-in at its front office.
So what is school protocol when a suspicious individual enters a campus? What rules are there to ensure student safety?
Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., distinguished professor of education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education
Kenneth S. Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services, a national school safety consulting firm