Parents sending their children to school always have this dark thought nagging at the back of their mind, subconsciously worrying about their child's safety.
No wonder, there have been about 40 school shootings since 2000 in the United States.
School security has been a huge issue in the past few years due to the numerous amounts of shooting incidents that have occurred.
In our own Montoursville High School, we have some security.
There is a camera system, and two security guards who are positioned at the front door all day.
Also, Officer Storms has an office in the school where he can be easily reached in the event of an emergency.
There also is an emergency plan that cannot be shared due to the danger of someone trying to crack the system and work around that plan.
"I feel comfortable about being able to react. We rely heavily on the student body to report things," said Daniel Taormina, principal.
Something else school administrations strive for is students feeling safe at school.
When asked if she felt safe at school, Junior Cayla Treaster said "No, not really, just because of all the shootings that have been happening."
With the stark reality of having about 40 school shootings since 2000, Treaster's fear is a realistic one.
On the other hand though, senior Hunter Burleson feels safe, due to the fact that there have not been any major threats to the school.
Burleson does believe that there is room to grow, and some qualities of a safer school would be "more MAP boxes and posters for SADD rather than having a metal detector because that would incite more paranoia in students."
So much has to be done to protect children in schools, it is hard to know what will actually work and deter gun violence.