Countering Threats in Schools and Other Educational Institutions
This section will post articles, research, reviews and other materials of the project participants on the topic - «Safety and security of educational institutions and other places with mass attendance of children, from threats of criminal, terrorist and other nature».
A promising direction for publications:
At the present time, research on effective measures to ensure the safety of educational and other institutions for children is quite relevant and of real practical interest to specialists. Situations in which high-profile crimes with large numbers of victims are committed in kindergartens, schools, colleges, universities, and other places with large concentrations of children and adolescents are no longer uncommon. Educational facilities have often become targets for terrorist attacks, and the «Columbine»* movement, or «Skulshooting»* or «School Shooters»*, is also a growing dangerous phenomenon around the world.
An equally urgent threat today is the commission of crimes against the sexual integrity of underage pupils and students, as well as crimes of an ordinary criminal nature.
Another important area for research is the development of effective methods to counteract the growing activity of «school gangs» and other informal groups of adolescents, who pursue illegal goals, including the spreading of criminal or extremist ideology.
It is important to remember that when working on materials on these issues, authors should not evaluate or make judgments about the causes of these phenomena. Social, political, religious or other motives that served as the basis for mass murders, terrorist acts or other crimes should not be discussed. This should be handled by subject matter specialists such as psychologists, educators, sociologists and journalists. The purpose of our project is to review the situation from the professional perspective, as specialists in law enforcement, public order and safety, and combating terrorism and extremism.
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* in a number of countries are recognized as extremist movements and terrorist organizations, the activities of which are prohibited
Publications of the project participants, on the topic of the section:
Ensuring the safety of schools, other educational organizations and institutions with mass attendance of children
author - Roman Grishin, Russia
The article consists of two parts. In the first, the author analyzes the current situation, the level of existing and probable threats, the vulnerability of the existing system of school security. On the example of the U.S. foreign experience in this matter, the general principles and individual elements, approaches and solutions used there to build a system of security of educational and other children's institutions, their comparison, evaluation of effectiveness.
In the second part, based on the earlier analysis, the author puts forward his proposals for a set of measures, the use of which, in his opinion, can effectively counter both existing and probable threats.
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