(WWLP)- An annual report from the National Criminal Justice Reference service reveals that in just one year, between 2010 and 2011, 31 people were killed inside a school or on school grounds. Eleven of those were school age children.
After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children and 6 educators were shot to death, there have been 74 shootings at schools across the country. That comes from a report by the pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, and includes homicides suicides, and accidental shootings.
One mother told 22News those numbers have her concerned as her son starts Kindergarten in the fall.
Delisa Miranda, of Springfield said, ““I know it’s elementary school but I’m just hoping that there is a security officer, just in case anything happened, not only with the students but also with the faculty and staff. It’s their safety too.”
22News asked schools in Western Mass. what they’re doing to keep kids safe.
Ludlow high school’s principal Lisa Nemeth told 22news they’ve adopted a new program called ALICE: alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate. It means if there’s an intruder in the building students no longer have to stay locked down in their classroom.
“That at the high school level and even the middle school level you do have the decision making to say, the shooter’s no where near me, I don’t hear the shooter, I can evacuate the building and be safe,” Principal Nemeth said.
Ludlow High School also practices mock intruder drills as part of the program