10 Years On, Schools Rusty on Columbine's Lessons

School security funding dries up a decade after shootings
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2009 10:51 AM CDT
10 Years On, Schools Rusty on Columbine's Lessons
Yellow evidence tags are seen in the library at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., after the April 20, 1999, shooting.   (AP Photo/HO, File)

A decade after the Columbine shootings, much of the extra funding for school security awarded in the wake of the massacre has dried up, the Wall Street Journal finds. Cutbacks such as scrapping the “cops in schools” program have educators worried, although some say improving bonds between adults and students offers as much protection as anything funding can buy.

“School safety is more than cameras, metal detectors, and police officers,” said a Department of Education official. Initiatives to build ties between students and educators have also largely faded, but some schools have pushed to continue the practice and fought hard to prevent cutbacks in funding for mentoring programs. “Being visible,” is how one principal describes her approach. “And that’s no cost.” (More Columbine school shooting stories.)

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