School violence is nothing unusual anymore. Every day we send our children to the one place we believe and trust they will be safe: school. However, our society has experienced an increase in violence in our children’s schools at an overwhelming rate.
Our schools recognize that preparation mentally and physically for an intruder or violent attack is paramount to save lives and minimize mass casualties.
The National Center for Education reported, in 2012, that students ages 12–18 were victims of about 1,364,900 nonfatal victimization at school. Just under 750K were violent victimization, 89,000 of which were serious violent victimization.
School Violence: Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre
Post the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, schools around the country were stunned by this tragedy and it caused them to react in many ways. Some schools increased security, some schools welcomed their local law enforcement agency in to conduct active shooter scenarios for their officers and close to zero schools remained the same.
We encourage schools to learn from the horrific tragedies such as Sandy Hook, Columbine and Virginia Tech. These tragedies have been analyzed and dissected, and when reviewed there are many ways to plan and prepare our teachers and staff to combat these cowardice, but fatal attacks.
With proper planning and routine drilling by schools and teachers, an active killer can be stopped and the life of YOUR child can be saved.
The reality is that mass killings at schools will not stop.
No matter how well a school believes they are hardened on the outside with security, it will ultimately determine how “hard” each individual teacher is mentally and physically prepared, on the inside, to react to this type of incident.
Active Killers Are Dangerous – They Are Willing To Die
Active killers are especially dangerous because they are willing to die for whatever cause they believe in (bullying, religious, etc.). It is critical that every teacher and staff member understand that any physical resistance (armed or unarmed) or barriers could stop the threat and saves lives.
On average, active killer incidents last between 10-15 minutes. School personnel must understand that police are near, but typically by the time police arrive the damage is already done. In many cases, the culprit either surrenders or commits suicide.
In this short time frame teachers and staff must have a plan in place to “act.” Strategies such as barriers, positioning, and arming oneself to prepare for an attack must be in place to disrupt the attackers plan. As time goes on without killing it allows for first responders to arrive and deal with the threat. The end result is mitigating mass casualties and winning this attack.
School violence is a problem and will continue.
Within our nation, schools are mandated to conduct and practice for monthly fire drills. Much of the cost of the construction of a school is built around fire code.
We have witnessed the positive outcome of these actions because this country has not lost a single child in a school fire since 1958. We give tremendous credit to the national response to planning, construction and drilling in our schools in the prevention of fires.
On the topic of preparation and prevention of mass causalities in schools, we have more work to do.
The National Center for Education Statistics reported, from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, there were 31 school-associated violent deaths in elementary and secondary schools in the United States.
The majority of public schools may conduct one lockdown drill a year and private schools may go a whole calendar year without a single lockdown drill. In some of these schools, the staff are not even familiar with their lockdown codes and procedures. Let’s take that same enthusiasm and energy that was placed on fire drilling, and place a great emphasis on the way we will protect our children and their caregivers from threats.
Guardian Defense offers a free lockdown drill procedures hecklist for administrators.
What Makes Our Active Shooter Training For Schools, Teachers And Schools Staff Outstanding
Guardian Defense has the active shooter training for schools necessary to provide school administration, teachers and staff with the confidence needed to keep children and staff safe during this type of critical incident. This confidence will be a direct result of the interactive nature of this and any other active shooter training you participate in.
All participants will leave the ACT School Program Training feeling that they have been provided with the tools that are needed to handle such situations. They will have demonstrated the learned tactics used in such situations and will be prepared to have the mindset that is needed to protect oneself and others.