by Tom aka Rusty Rustbelt
This week I visited my grandsons’ elementary school four times, three times through the front door and once through a side door. I immediately had the run of the entire building if I so desired. The only line of defense was the receptionist, who gave me a wave because she knows “Papa Tom.”
The most basic security premise is to limit access and to screen anyone entering. This may not stop a lunatic, but it could buy time for a response. Lock the doors during school hours.
Despite the current tragedy, elementary school is a very safe place, except for the heartbreaking exception when it is not.
PS: many churches are now upgrading security measures – who would have thought it necessary?
The world is not a safe place and never has been.
The Bath School disaster is the name given to three bombings in Bath Township, Michigan, on May 18, 1927, which killed 38 elementary school children, two teachers, four other adults and the bomber himself; at least 58 people were injured. Most of the victims were children in the second to sixth grades (7–11 years of age) attending the Bath Consolidated School. Their deaths constitute the deadliest mass murder in a school in U.S. history and the third-deadliest non-military massacre in U.S. history, behind 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombing.
The bomber was school board treasurer Andrew Kehoe, 55, who died in a car bomb he set off after he drove up to the school as the crowd gathered to rescue survivors from the burning school.
On the morning of May 18, Kehoe murdered his wife by beating her to death, then set his farm buildings afire. As fire fighters arrived at the farm, an explosion devastated the north wing of the school building, killing many schoolchildren. Kehoe used a detonator to ignite dynamite and hundreds of pounds of pyrotol which he had secretly planted inside the school over the course of many months. As rescuers started gathering at the school, Kehoe drove up, stopped, and detonated a bomb inside his fragmentation-filled vehicle with his Winchester rifle, killing himself and the school superintendent, and killing and injuring several others.
During rescue efforts searchers discovered an additional 500 pounds (230 kg) of unexploded dynamite and pyrotol planted throughout the basement of the school’s south wing. Kehoe apparently had intended to blow up and destroy the whole school.
yes and all things considered
i would rather take my chances on the occasional lunatic than live in a “basic security” state.
Yes me too.
I dont consider controlling access to a public or commercial building to be a security state action.
of course you don’t. but once you get used to taking your pants down every time you enter a public building you will understand what i mean.