The 4 C’s of Attack Survival

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[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1617096525762{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″ text_align=”justify”][vc_custom_heading text=”School History” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]The last few years have seen more attacks in schools than in decades previously. While finding the root cause and preventing these attacks from happening is vital, it is not an understanding that can be reached quickly. While the research is being conducted and understood, then solution and prevention discussed and debated, while policies and regulations are written and implemented, the danger continues. So WHAT can we do?

Understanding that the danger is real is essential. While we understand that most school employees never anticipated the threat posed to our staff and students, ignoring it doesn’t diminish the risk. Before the corona virus shut down schools, communities faced a 2% chance of being impacted by a
shooting – each year. Before dismissing the odds, the chance of a police officer being killed – including accidents – is only 0.015% (this is not a mis-stated 1.5%). The chance of a community having a school shooting are greater than a police officer being involved in a shooting (0.1%) each year! 1 The virus will pass and schools will resume; so what can we DO?

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”586″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1617096511057{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”589″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ text_align=”justify”][vc_custom_heading text=”Schools That Can Afford” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]For the schools that can afford it, staffing buildings with tactical officers is the safest solution, though we also recognize that few schools will take it. To be clear, we are not talking about uniformed targets, civilians with no body armor or weapons, much less the training to be effective. Indeed, now infamous Deputy Scott Peterson (the officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman-Douglass High School in Parkland, FL) is an example of what we don’t want: someone unprepared to deal with attackers (please note, we hold no animosity towards Deputy Peterson, nor do we believe he should be held accountable for any of the injuries or deaths; he was not ready nor properly prepared, regardless of his number of years as a police officer). Indeed, if a police officer of more than two decades of service isn’t prepared to act in a violent encounter, how can our school staff be expected to?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1617096664841{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″ text_align=”justify”][vc_custom_heading text=”Students Questions” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

The simple answer is: because our children will look to them. The people who our students know and are asked to follow and obey will be the ones the turn to for guidance. Just as kids follow staff in fire drills (when was the last time a school caught fire, much less had a death from a fire?) they will follow in an attack. So those teachers must know what to do. This is the reality of our day. It doesn’t matter that our schools and teacher are over tasked with government mandates. Regardless whether school systems have the money to function in the way they want or not, or of the government mandates on the way they have to spend what they have. It is a fact of the 21 st century that any school that does not train staff on attack survival and prepare its population for eventual attack (not lock-down drills) is both civilly and criminally liable at all levels.Our examination of hundreds of attacks in schools and campuses (we believe that there are no studies done or being done that are appropriate, which includes the NTAC and Secret Service studies – see our blog on them) shows that schools aren’t prepared or responding to attacks appropriately.

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