Outdoor protection for campuses requires the monitoring of numerous surveillance camera feeds—which many school districts might not have the manpower to watch 24/7.
The fence is 7 feet tall and is locked during school hours.
"He got into the 1200 building because that door was unlocked and unstaffed and that we say that is a security failure," Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.
Since 2013, there have been more than 300 education-campus related gunfire incidents in the U.S.—an average of about one per week. With an increase in hostile events, gunfire incidents and other security breaches have prompted parents and administrators to examine and improve campus security.
Safety and security must be front of mind for university and college administrators. Protecting the wellbeing of students, staff, faculty, and guests is not only simply the right thing to do, but it also reduces risk and exposure for the institution itself.
Schools are able to issue trespass warnings to anyone who makes a disturbance or is believed to be dangerous to the safety and health of students. If a person trespasses and returns, law enforcement may arrest them.
The university released a statement Sunday saying that the Rock was painted "to communicate hate," and that the messages, "which are hurtful and threatening to many members of our community, do not represent our Volunteer values."
The Allentown School District said its new elementary school campus will be secure from visitors, despite plans for the building to include community space open to the public.
"Every exterior door will have electronic sensors, which will alert principals and staff in real time, letting them know when a door gets opened, or has been left ajar," Blaszkowski said.
The proposed bill focuses on the addition of locks to the inside and outside of every door in every campus building throughout the state.