ESA and its members are deeply saddened by the
tragedy that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, 2012. Our thoughts and prayers are with the
families and friends of the victims as well as the entire community of Newtown,
Dan Budinoff, owner and president of Stamford, Conn.-based Security Specialists, says the tragedy has affected not just the residents of Newtown or Connecticut; it has affected the entire nation. As a result, many schools are taking a closer look at the security measures they have in place.
"The phones haven't stopped ringing since this crazy, unnecessary tragedy," Budinoff said. "Many schools are calling us to find out how a security system can help them better protect their students. The next question they want to ask is how quickly can we get out there to install it."
The shootings in the quiet, beautiful New England community has spurred a shift in attitude for many school districts. The era of "it could never happen here" is gone.
That's why 2012 Sara E. Jackson Memorial Award recipient Bob McVeigh says schools need to know that security is no longer just an option: It's an absolute must-have.
"The attitudes of schools, churches and businesses must change," said McVeigh, vice president and general manager of Norwalk, Conn.-based Security Solutions."It's up to the security industry to stress that security isn't something you should do; it's something you must do."