Concerned about school safety? These folks would like to sell you their goods.

Vendors emerge to capitalize on school shooting worries.
Published Feb. 27, 2018

The phrase "never again" has surged in Florida, as lawmakers, school leaders, students, parents and others have focused their attention on preventing future school shootings like the recent deadly massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.

So it's perhaps not surprising that, as the Legislature discusses its proposed solutions, businesspeople have begun offering their goods and services to school systems seeking ways to keep their students safe.

Pasco County schools superintendent Kurt Browning said he was not surprised to see the pitches arriving in his email inbox, and anticipated more to come.

Among them:

–  "In light of recent events, I wanted to reach out to you to provide information and guidance should you have questions about walk-through and/or hand held metal detectors. Garrett Metal Detectors have been an integral part of the security plan at a wide variety of screening applications such as federal, municipal and county government buildings including schools and hospitals.  GMD was the first to create Hand Held and Walk Through Metal Detectors to protect Olympic games in 1984. Today our American made products provide a more controlled environment for security and a faster, less intrusive experience."

–  "I have significant experience leading or helping other lead change and navigate the contour of complexity surrounding event such as the recent school shooting in Parkland. I suspect you are assessing the consequences of that event and contemplating some actions. I'm part of a broader national design community of practitioners that do work on complex social issues, change initiatives etc."

– "I have three children who are actively enrolled in public schools here in Florida. I work with a software company that provides a cloud based active shooter notification solution to schools, corporations, hospitals and others. We would like a chance to demonstrate our software to you at your earliest convenience."

For its part, the Pasco school district is scheduling high-level meetings with the Sheriff's Office to discuss what next steps they need to take for school safety. The district administration has sent some steps for campus leaders to take to enhance security as possible. They include locking all gates and doors, screening all visitors, and reporting all threats to law enforcement (but keeping them off social media).

Whether the district purchases any new products remains to be seen.