Last month, a lone gunman shot and killed Dr. Michael Davidson at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. By all accounts, Davidson was an outstanding doctor, husband and father of three with a fourth child on the way. No one saw it coming.
Violent incidents at schools have become all too common. As a result, elected officials, law enforcement and school administrators are always looking for an effective, non-lethal solution to keep students and faculty safe.
While the media focus is on high profile incidents such as Columbine, Virginia Tech or Sandy Hook, the sad reality is there are over 1,000 assaults, aggravated assaults, and dangerous incidents that happen on a nearly DAILY basis IN our schools around the country. Local officials and parents know the dangers students face. It’s time we do something to reduce the level of fear, injury and liability in our schools.
Imagine looking around your waiting room and seeing scores of patients are waiting indefinitely in an uncomfortable environment, only to be asked highly personal questions. It’s a tense situation that can be easily exacerbated by perceived prejudices or hostile attitudes by hospital staff, or by the patient’s own mental instability or use of drugs or alcohol.
Not surprisingly, ninety two percent of physical acts of violence or verbal threats are generated by the patients themselves, according to hospital and healthcare security expert Tony York. In fact, studies show that between one-third and one-half of all workers within emergency departments have faced acts of violence within the past year.