School Security Considerations after Newtown

8 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2013 Last revised: 21 Sep 2015

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Jason P. Nance

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Date Written: February 11, 2013


On December 14, 2012, and in the weeks thereafter, our country mourned the deaths of twenty children and six educators who were brutally shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since the horrific massacre, parents, educators, and lawmakers have understandably turned their attention to implementing stronger security measures in schools. This essay provides important points for policymakers and school officials to consider before embarking on a new phase of school security upgrades.

Keywords: school security, Fourth Amendment, education law, school law, student searches

JEL Classification: I20, I21, I28, K14, K19

Suggested Citation

Nance, Jason P., School Security Considerations after Newtown (February 11, 2013). 65 Stanford Law Review Online 103 (2013), Available at SSRN:

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