Over the past few years, public shootings have become more common than
ever before. Specifically, school
shootings have become a monthly or yearly occurrence. In December, we all
mourned for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Connecticut.
This massacre hit home for many Georgians because it was an attack on
innocent children by an adult. Most of our office staff at Jones &
Swanson have children ourselves, so we feel the same unease that you do.
Just last month, Price Middle School near downtown Atlanta experienced
a school shooting. Since these incidents, schools across Georgia have
begun revamping their security policies. Many counties in the metro-Atlanta
area have increased safety plans, including Cobb, Fulton, and Gwinnett
Counties. The purpose of reviewing these protection policies is to determine
what teachers and faculty members can do to prevent incidents like the
one in Newtown from occurring closer to home.
Fulton County Elementary schools, including those in the Johns Creek area,
are now patrolled by resource officers during the day. These officers
are from nearby middle and high schools. The Fulton County school district
has a force of 65 officers trained specifically to aid students. Police
officers can also be found throughout Cobb County schools of all levels
now. In Bartow County, the resource officers found in schools were joined
by deputies that not only patrol inside the schools, but eat lunch in
the cafeteria and converse with students.
In addition to law enforcement officials being present in metro-Atlanta
schools, each and every school in the Fulton County district has a safety
plan that is practiced often. These plans include lockdowns and requirements
for visitors to sign in when entering and leaving schools. Surveillance
systems are also in place to keep faculty, staff, and students safe both
inside and outside schools. All schools in Cobb County have excellent
resources in regards to safety, including electronic admittance control
for elementary schools. The PTA President for the state of Georgia, Donna
Kosicki, has stated that each state school has a plan of action in the
event of an emergency.
Negligent Security Attorneys
Unfortunately, the safety precautions in place throughout Georgia schools
may not be able to protect against each and every imaginable threat. No
planning can guarantee this safety. In the event that a person is injured
on another's property when that property owner failed to exercise
enough caution, the victim may have rights to
compensation. If you or someone you know have been injured in an accident due to the
negligent security of property owners, contact our Marietta law firm today
for a free consultation at (770) 427-5498.