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High School Safety in Active Shooter Situations

Brady, Douglas and Dickinson, Joan and Cline, Holly and Sullivan, Kathleen (2019) High School Safety in Active Shooter Situations. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

The past several decades have seen an increased amount of weapons in schools. Starting in 1999 America saw several active shooter events inside of school buildings. Just recently, 17 people died in a mass shooting at a high school in Florida. Thus, the goal of this qualitative study is to explore ways to reduce loss of life in an active shooter situation. Interviews were conducted with eight individuals who had experience with high schools (i.e., principal, student, and teacher) or issues related to weapons and safety. Upon completion of the interviews, a design-thinking workshop was held with a similar group of individuals (n=9) using experience diagramming, affinity clustering, statement starters, round robin and schematic diagramming/discussion. The ideas generated from that session were taken into two expert interviews, with two leaders in the fields of safety and design. The results of the study proved to be the status quo: classroom doors that lock, one controlled entrance to the building, increasing School Resource Officers (SRO’s) and the use of technology. That is to say, new ideas were not found. What this group provided were affirmations of findings already in the research. Due to the status quo of the results, additional workshops were held with stakeholders not as close or familiar with the problem: six college students above the age of 18 and five diverse thinkers, ranging in backgrounds. Using the design-thinking strategies of concept mapping, alternate worlds, bull’s eye diagramming, and round robin yielded more fantastical results including the use of non-toxic gas, secret escape tunnels, mazes, and lock downs triggered by gun shots. These ideas are in need of more work with people who can help make them a reality. While funding or realization of some of these ideas may be an issue, they provide a starting point to move discussions forward beyond the status quo.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Douglas P Brady
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 20:11
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2020 20:11
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/496

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