Former FBI special agent insists there are ‘a lot’ of high tech solutions to counter school shootings

Former FBI special agent John Iannarelli appeared last night to talk to Fox News’ Shannon Bream about possible technological and other solutions to prevent tragedies like the recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas from happening again.

In the aftermath of the horrific shooting, in which the murderer slew 19 children and two teachers, people have been searching for a way to prevent these horrors from happening again. And although the ultimate cause seems to be a deep and abiding spiritual rot afflicting the country and Western civilization at large, which is something neither legislation nor technology can fix, some have proposed certain measures that can at least make these mass shootings less prevalent.

Shannon Bream began the “Fox News @ Night” segment by replaying an earlier interview Sean Hannity conducted with Pat Brosnan, a former NYPD detective who spoke about the possibility of installing “man traps” as a potential deterrent against the kind of attack seen on Tuesday. She then asked Iannarelli about the feasibility of such measures.

“So John, how practical is something like that?” she asked.

“Shannon, it’s very practical,” Iannarelli replied. “There’s a lot of technological solutions that are available for deployment in schools. For example, a notification system to let everybody in the school know what’s happening and simultaneously notify the police what school and where in the school the shooter is. That technology is out there, and we need to implement it.”

(Video: Fox News)

Bream then turned to Mo Canady, Executive Director of the National Association of School Resource Officers.

“Yeah, Mo, what can we implement with the technology we currently have, that’s—you hate to say cost-effective, because every life is completely priceless, and of the deepest value—but I know for convincing people to pass budgets and install things in schools, how do we solve that in a way that utilizes something practical and available now?”

Canady explained that there are several options available, including what is called “target hardening.”

“But they also have to have a good policy and procedure around them,” he added. “I think that, you know, some of these incidents should be driving us toward looking at more of these types of technologies. But I think we also have to couple that with understanding the human element of this. We need carefully-selected, specifically-trained SROs [school resource officers] to counter some of these issues. They can do it, they have done it. So there are a number of things that we can do to improve these situations in the school environment.”

Bream also discussed the possibility of further protective measures, including constructing schools with single-entry and single-exit points and potentially training teachers to be armed in the case of an active shooter situation. Ultimately, however, there were no really good solutions, something Bream conceded at the close of the segment.

“It is a lot to ask,” she said. “Listen, we’re asking a lot of tough questions, right now, and trying to find solutions.”


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