I saw other comments about the policy for the sheriff's office involved in Parkland but I'll address it in this response. IMO, the claim that policy made him wait is a cop-out (no pun intended). Most departments policies are a general set of guidelines by which they should abide by *in general*. That said, you can always bend those rules a bit in critical situations. At the end of the day, common sense needs to prevail. He should have gone in. Easier said than done but he should have. Nobody would have gotten mad at him for violating that policy and had he died and the department determined it to be a preventable injury and refuse benefits to his family, the public would have taken care of them. You have to go in.
Regarding making public schools safer, in Dallas ISD and Forney ISD, you can't get into the schools. All exterior doors are locked and you can only get in from the main entrance but have to be buzzed in by the office and then in many of the schools you can only get in to the office and need a card to badge into the rest of the school. I've learned this may not be standard everywhere, especially in smaller communities where they don't expect tragedies like this. Now I'm trying not to get political but it's time we invest in our country before others. Take that $40 billion we're sending to Ukraine and invest it in our schools instead. Quick research suggests we have about 98,000 public schools in the US. That $40 billion equates to an average of $410,000 that could be sent to each public school to outfit them with bullet proof glass (silly but always a good idea), better security systems (to keep all the doors locked, full school surveillance, etc...), and to pay the salaries of 2 SROs per school at least for the first year until school budgets are made for the following year. Now not every school will have the same needs based on school size and enrollment numbers (some may only need 1 SRO, some may need more than 2) so you can adjust that as needed but it would be a good start in my opinion. I have no issue with helping others elsewhere in the world but not until we secure our communities first.