Can it really happen here?
March 26, 2013
One of the questions I get on a regular basis and an attitude I hear in the media every time an incident of either SV or WPV occurs. ‘We never thought it could happen here’! And they are shocked at the thought of a violent incident in their place of education or vocation.
I’ve said this before and will continue to say it for as long as I breathe and lead seminars. The attitude of CHH is the most dangerous one that anyone can have. It doesn’t matter if you’re an employee, student, manager, or school administrator you have to believe. Why do you have to believe?
Look around you and at the headlines. If you go to Google and look for workplace/school violence you’ll see an innumerable list of incidents on a day-to-day basis.
Here is a short list of the incidents that I’ve encountered over the past year or so since I started in business;
Pre-teens trying to poison their teacher
A teenager shoots 3 in a school cafeteria in a small town
A man rampages through a salon looking for his wife
An elderly man gets upset at a client and kills 2 and wounds 2
A woman kills herself after being bullied
A man kills and wounds dozens in a movie theater threats in innumerable places
A young man walks into an elementary school and kills 26
A pre-teen takes a pistol to school to handle a ‘problem’
A man walks through a shopping mall and begins shooting people
And the list goes on and on…
These are just a few of the incidents that I’ve collected. I have collected swell over 200 incidents of school and workplace violence since the beginning of 2012. And as you’ll see, talking heads, media police, psychologists, and most of the victims will say the same thing. I’m sure that you know of several of the incidents above. But the issue in all of them is consistent.
The victims ALL said ‘I didn’t think it could happen here!’
And yet it did and will continue to do so as long as that attitude persists in society. I will once again remind you, my loyal readers of this one fact; It can happen to anyone, any-where, at any time, for any reason. This meaning is simple.
Schools – elementary thru college
Fast food restaurants – not robberies
Night clubs and bars
Do I need to go on with this list either? I believe you know what I’m thinking and talking about. So take heed and do your best to safeguard your kids and loved ones. But realize and understand It Can Happen Here.
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