Also from the article:An unloaded gun was found Wednesday in an 8th-grade student’s backpack in a south Seattle school, just one week after a 3rd-grade student in Bremerton was shot when, police said, a gun hidden inside a classmate’s backpack discharged accidentally.Wednesday’s incident occurred at Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle’s Rainier Valley, when one student reported that he believed one of the students, a 13-year-old, had a gun in his backpack.
In Ohio this week, three high school students were shot and killed, allegedly by a fellow student who carried a gun into school.
This has led some to question what can be done to better protect students. Washington state law requires every school to go into lockdown when there's a gunman inside. That means that classroom doors closed and locked.
“The plan behind the lockdown (is a) locked door between students and danger. That’s what we’d recommend,” said Seattle’s Ingraham High School Principal Martin Floe.
But at Ohio’s Chardon High School, a student shot five of his classmates in the school cafeteria – and kids had nowhere to hide.
Martin Speckmaier, a school safety expert with Comprehensive School Safety LLC, said locking down isn't always the safest option.Perhaps the solution here is to look at where kids get their guns in the first place and then how to prevent such easy access to guns for kids.
Every gun in the hands of a child or teen must first pass through the hands of an adult.