What can be done to keep schools from becoming household names as the sites of mass shootings? Columbine. Sandy Hook. Virginia Tech. Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Now, Robb Elementary.
The U.S. Department of Justice reported that 2020 to 2022 represented the highest rate of mass shootings in U.S. history. As of June 5, there have been 243 mass shootings already in 2022 alone.
While not all of these took place on school grounds, the potential for the loss of innocent life on school and college campuses is there. And, worse yet, the rate of mass shootings is only expected to increase since pandemic restrictions have been released.
Using Weapon Detection Technology in Schools
So how can we keep students and children safe on school campuses? The time has come to take a more proactive approach to school security plans. Using metal detectors and hand wands for screening are too reactive and don’t keep students, faculty, and staff safe.
But there is technology available that can help keep schools from being known as the sites of mass shootings. Weapon detection technology from MCA relies on advanced sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect concealed weapons and threats. Traditional methods of screening takes too long when schools have hundreds or even thousands of students to scan. The technology can screen 4,000 people an hour: That’s 10 times faster than traditional metal detectors.
Plus, traditional methods of weapon screening can’t tell the difference between cell phones, keys, and firearms.
Keep Students Safe
The top priority for school administrators, faculty, and staff is to keep students safe. Using AI and sensor technology, MCA’s weapon detection solution can strengthen a school’s Emergency Operations Plan in an effort to keep students, faculty, and staff all safe.
Learn More: Visit Weapon Detection to learn more about MCA’s weapon detection solutions that can help keep schools safe.