Pants-of-dog wrote:Yes, we can rebuild all schools to essentially be fortresses.
In Santiago (and perhaps most Latin American cities), it is easier because most of the schools are built around an inner courtyard, with the outer wall of the school serving as a barrier to accessing the property. Gotta love those Morrish influences.
Robb Elementary in Uvalde seems to be a series of long buildings placed in rows inside a fenced off area.
To attain the same level of protection as one of the schools that @wat0n or I attended, you would need to build a more or less unclimbable wall around an area the size of a large city block. Is it doable? Yes. Is it really expensive? Yes. If they get a good deal, about 100$ a linear foot of masonry wall with smooth veneer. Let’s say a 4,000 foot perimeter. So, at least half a million dollars if you want minimal gates.
The school district has ten schools, so it would be 5 million for all ten schools.
This is approximately twice the entire school budget.
So, the scheme is laudable and would probably be effective. But without a massive funding influx, it is also unfeasible.
But it's a drop in the ocean in the context of a $700+ billion special infrastructure scheme (it's added on top of the $500+ billion of regular infrastructure spending every year). It's not great, but definitely possible
We'd love to live in a world where walls and fences aren't necessary (let alone cops and armies), yet we don't.
You said we could devote police funding to understand the roots of gun violence, while I think it's not necessarily a bad idea over the long run we do need something in the short/medium run.
Walls or even just tall fences with anti-climbing and anti-ramming protection (they exist) are one such option, simple and effective. Obviously walls provide better protection but a fence could work just as well, for most purposes. Anything that delays (ideally deters, if not then stops and, if it doesn't, then at least delays) an attacker can end up saving lives and compensate for the investment...
Possibly, the need for a lower police presence (just in schools where students themselves may actually be the attackers or which have to deal with gangs operating in the vicinity) may pay for them over the long run.
IIRC the school had 5 people protecting it (2 cops and 3 security guards). How about we lower it to 2 security guards, that could save ~$90k per year and this may be an underestimate, after walling or properly fencing the school?
@Godstud insurgencies come and go, as I said Thailand could start shoring school security up prioritizing the southern part of the country and go from there. Honestly I'm surprised the insurgents haven't hit schools if access is so easy.