13 Times K-12 Schools Got Security Very, Very Wrong (And 6 Times They Got It Right)

Here are some everyday photos of K-12 campuses. Can you identify the mistakes made regarding school safety and security?

13 Times K-12 Schools Got Security Very, Very Wrong (And 6 Times They Got It Right)

If you were presented with a photo of a K-12 campus — whether it be of a classroom, a parking lot or the outside of a building — would you be able to identify potential safety or security hazards?

As far back as we can remember, each print issue of Campus Safety magazine has included a section that contains a random campus image and asks the reader to identify what is right or wrong with the picture.

Over the years, most of the images have been graciously provided to us by Safe Havens International, a non-profit center that helps schools and school systems improve crisis preparedness and campus safety.

Thanks to some loyal readers who have reached out to ask if there was a way to share these images with their staff as learning tools, we have decided to post them online as well for easy access.

While campus safety and security is a priority for most schools, many are unknowingly putting others at risk through seemingly small and harmless actions or inactions.

Take a look at the photos in this slideshow to see if you can tell what’s wrong in them. Hopefully, you’ll get some ideas on ways to improve safety on your campus.

We’ve also included a few images of schools that got security RIGHT since so many of you deserve recognition for your tireless and continued work to keep students safe.

Got any more examples? Send your photos to amy.rock@emeraldexpo.com.

About the Author


Amy is Campus Safety’s Senior Editor. Prior to joining the editorial team in 2017, she worked in both events and digital marketing.

Amy’s mother, brother, sister-in-law and a handful of cousins are teachers, motivating her to learn and share as much as she can about campus security. She has a minor in education and has worked with children in several capacities, further deepening her passion for keeping students safe.

In her free time, Amy enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, her son and her dog.

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