Volume 48, Issue 5- May 2013

IndustryOutlook

Just the Stats: A Close Look at School Shootings
As the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education note in their joint 2002 document, Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States, school shootings are rarely impulse acts. Looking back on history, this is evident.

And, sadly, glass has been involved in a number of attacks dating back to the beginning of the last century. On August 18, 1909, in Bakersfield, Calif., a group of six young men, after dove hunting, deliberately shot out the glass in the doors and windows of the Fruitvale School, then shot at the nearby residence of A. J. Hunter, narrowly missing several children in the rear. On September 14, 1934 in Gill, Mass., Elliott Speer, headmaster of Northfield Mount Hermon School, was murdered by a shotgun blast through the window of his study at the school. The crime was never solved. Take a look at the charts and graphs in this section to learn more about school shootings in the United States.

How Many Schools Even Incorporate Safety Glass?
• About one quarter (28 percent) of all public schools were built before 1950 and 45 percent of all public schools were built between 1950 and 1969 (Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast response Survey System, “Survey on Advanced telecommunications in U.S. Public Schools, K-12, FRSS 57, 1995)

• The Voluntary Safety Glazing Standard, ANSI Z97.1, was created in 1966

• The Federal Mandate for Safety Glazing, CPSC 16 CFR, was adopted in 1977


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