We’ve explored several aspects of school violence in the last couple of posts. Now for the last part of the puzzle. Training. Along with the recognition of the warning signs attitudes and physical security training may be the most important part of preventing violence in our schools. And trust me it’s not as easy as you may think to do this. The main reason being who it is we have to train!
Administrators and parents are readily willing to learn about active shootings and the idea of blaming others for the problem. But when it comes to blaming themselves, well … it’s not that easy to convince them. So, the brief synopsis of what needs to be trained on, who needs to be trained in it, and how you need to train them is listed here;
What needs to be taught:
- Warning signs – and this means not to allow them to poo-poo the idea of what the warning signs mean.
- . The attitudes that can cause disenfranchisement
- . Communication between teachers, administration, parents, & students. This is one area that absolutely has to be done.
- . Understand that there is no such thing as deniability anymore. Administration, teachers, parents, & everyone else need to understand this and use #3.
- . Zero tolerance doesn’t work. Zero tolerance is a way to avoid responsibility and not think about the ‘potential incident’. A way to dispense with the problem that may not be.
- . Security measures that isn’t secret. Do they need to know everything? No, but they need to assured that the school is safe – without being lied to.
- . Disaster/active shooter plan outlines – the same goes here as for #6
Who needs to be trained & How
- EVERYONE! From students (kindergarten to seniors), parents, teachers, support staff, & administration.
- . Classroom style in a comfortable way. Serve coffee or water. Don’t let it be a ‘bitch’ session atmosphere
- . If questions aren’t forthcoming, then use the Socratic Method, ask them questions and make them think.
- . Utilize the KISS Method as well
- . Use handouts as reference materials
So, how do we protect our kids while they’re at school? Keep in mind that no matter what we do, a child can always be killed at school due to another student. Even turning our schools into armed camps wouldn’t stop it all. Even pencils, staplers, and other such common materials can be used as deadly weapons.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace/school violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, blogs, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security arena for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
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