AP-NORC Poll: Low confidence in schools to respond to gunman

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll shows most Americans consider schools less safe than they were 20 years ago, and many parents are only moderately confident in schools’ ability to stop a gunman.

The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research comes as the country marks the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School mass shooting in Colorado.

That attack ushered in an era of school lockdown drills, bolted doors and bulletproof glass. But even with those measures, only about a third of parents say they’re extremely or very confident their children are safe in school, or in the school’s response to a shooter. About 40 percent are moderately confident.

A majority doesn’t fault schools for the shootings. Bullying, access to guns, the internet and video games get more blame.

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Thompson reported from Buffalo, N.Y.

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The AP-NORC poll of 1,063 adults was conducted Mar. 14-18 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

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Online:

AP-NORC Center: http://www.apnorc.org/

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