Guns and School Safety Survey Results


Guns and Safety in our schools - how safe are we our schools? Click to view the inforgraphicJanuary 23, 2013

With the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, parents, leaders, and the media are talking about how to keep schools safe for students. But what do the experts in education—the educators—think?

School Improvement Network surveyed 10,661 educators from all 50 states to find out how safe our schools really are, and the best ways to keep them secure.

The survey was conducted in January 2013 and included nine yes-no questions and four items with a 1-6 Likert scale. It also included on free-response textbox, from which answers were grouped into six categories using a common Delphi technique.

The results showed insightful educator input on several key issues:

ARE SCHOOLS SAFE?

How do educators feel about guns in school

HOW HAVE SCHOOLS REACTED TO THE SANDY HOOK SHOOTING?

Steps taken to increase school safety since Sandy Hook

Steps taken since the Sandy Hook shootings to improve school safety

HOW DO EDUCATORS FEEL ABOUT GUNS IN SCHOOL?

HOW WOULD HAVING AN ARMED GUARD ON CAMPUS AFFECT SCHOOL SAFETY?

72.4% of educators say they would be unlikely to bring a firearm to school if they were allowed to do so. 36.3% of educators surveyed report owning a firearm, 37.1% of whom say they would be likely or very likely to bring it to school if allowed.


Having an Armed Guard - How it would affect school safety

CONCLUSION

Most educators say they feel safe in school and believe their students feel the same. They do not, however, agree so unanimously that their schools are safe from gun violence. Although the reaction to the Sandy Hook shooting and other instances of school violence have been explosive publicly, the most common new safety measure being adopted is locking doors or keeping fewer open during the school day. The majority of educators feel an armed guard would increase school safety, though, do not desire to be an armed presence in schools themselves.

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