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Former fireman puts Celina school through his own ‘active-shooter’ drill

Former fireman puts Celina school through his own ‘active-shooter’ drill | Safety in school | Scoop.it
Just as students were arriving to Celina Elementary School yesterday morning, one father made his way into the front office telling staff members they were dead because he was a gunman.

 

Officials said Ron Miller, who did not have a weapon, told staff he was testing the district’s security at his child’s school and wanted to expose weaknesses. Miller, 44, was arrested Wednesday evening on third-degree felony charges of making terroristic threats and held in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

Superintendent Donny O’Dell said school staffers were shaken and upset.

“He went up to one particular greeter — and of course he is someone they know and have seen — and he basically said, ‘I’m a gunman and my target is on the inside, and you’re not going to stop me.’ Then he went to the main office and told the ladies there that each one of them was dead because he was a shooter.”

O’Dell said Miller explained to them that he was trying to see how safe the school’s security was. In the wake of the deadly shooting in Connecticut that left 20 elementary students and seven staffers dead, many have worried about school safety.


Via littlebytesnews
Erin Larcey's insight:

This is an example of people taking things too far. It makes me really sad to think that people go to such extremes in order to make sure their children are safety. These parents are bave to act in such ways and I can understand them wanting to make sure their children are safe. And I understand that they are concerned. But this is not the way for people to make sure their students are safe. We have a process. You can contact the board, or the police and share your concern. It worrys me to see such behavior and maybe that this behavior might turn into the real deal. It's just scary to me. 

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, January 10, 2013 7:40 PM

Apparently he wanted to test them off guard, however this is not the way to go about it. He should have asked when their next school drill would be so he could see how they handle the process.

 

Though I can see his concern and desire to test the school and staff response to something like this happening randomly. School drills are pre-planned and most of the time teachers and staff are aware of what will happen. In a real life intrusion by a gunman everyone is going about their normal routine and not expecting someone to come in and start shooting. Therefore, I could see his reasoning in wanting to test their response to an unexpected event.

 

I think more parents and students would feel at ease if they knew the schools had armed security. I think many schools and parents will find this the best alternative to using cameras, metal detectors and using only one entrance.

 

Even the parents in Newtown, where the most recent mass shooting took place, prefer keeping armed cops on each campus since the killing of 20 children and 6 staff members occurred last month at Sandy Hook Elementary, see http://t.co/0jtffZJn

 

Related:

 

Legal Gun Saves 2-Month Old Child: http://t.co/uxhpaZRH ;… Try telling this man that "more guns are not the answer."

 

Armed School Resource Officer Carolyn Gudger Stops Gunman From Killing School Principal and Othershttp://littlebytesnews.blogspot.com/2013/01/armed-school-resource-officer-carolyn.html ;

 

Since 1950 Most Mass Shootings Occured in Gun Free Zones--Making People Targets http://sco.lt/5hLdtx  ;

 

Prominent rifle manufacturer killed in mysterious car crash&Popular gun rights advocate found shot in hea... | http://sco.lt/6HRrU1 ;

FBI data:the average American is more likely to be killed by “hands, fists” or “feet” than "assault" riflehttp://sco.lt/6UCJdJ  ;

Gun-ban Chicago: Nearly 15,000 murders since 1990--446/489 children killed this year alone!http://sco.lt/5kfaT3  ; ;

 

Petition to counter anti-gun nuts w/over 9K signatures...we need MORE http://sco.lt/6MFFsP  ;

WH got 200K agnst guns,we MUST counteract it http://t.co/YE1DCNTb  ;    << Sign both!!

 

Mental Illness, Mass Killings&The Media

http://littlebytesnews.blogspot.com/2013/01/mental-illness-mass-killings-media.html

 

Study: Guns used successfully for defensive purposes up to 2.5M times/year http://sco.lt/9GZ4mP ;

 

EXCLUSIVE: NY Paper Publishes Legal Gun Permit Holders Names in Print & Online! http://sco.lt/72tAzR  ;

 

Poll:Would you choose a secure school or a "gun free" school for your children? http://shar.es/hJbkP   ;

 

Rahm Emmanuel's kids protected by armed, on duty police at University of Chicago Laboratory School http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/26/Rahm-s-Kids-School-Protected-by-Armed-On-Duty-Police  ; ;

 

Remarks from the NRA press conference on Sandy Hook school shooting, delivered on Dec. 21, 2012 (Transcript) http://sco.lt/5432bB  ;

 

EXCLUSIVE: Fear of being committed may have caused Connecticut gunman to snap  http://sco.lt/64xQQr  ;

 

'I am the devil': Former classmate reveals Adam Lanza had 'online devil worshiping page' as childhood bar..http://sco.lt/7ugTJp  ;      

 

Obama Let 1 Billion Dollars in School Security Funds Lapse Before Sandy Hook Mass Shooting http://sco.lt/6Zt8Rl  ;

 

Anonymous Attacks Westboro Baptist Church Over Plans to Picket Sandy Hook Funerals  http://sco.lt/84z24v  ;

 

Pictures of The victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting - May God Bless Their Souls&Comfort ...http://sco.lt/5FlnnN  ;   

 

The Mind of a School Shooter--Not All Are Crazy,Most Are Just Angry  http://sco.lt/4p9uLp  ;

 

Connecticut Mental Health Bill Defeated Months Before Deadly School Shooting-ACLU said 'infringed on pati...http://sco.lt/5Z4Wdl   ;

 

Newtown Victims Pictures, Profiles and Possible Clues That Should Have Been Caught http://littlebytesnews.blogspot.com/2012/12/newtown-victims-pictures-profiles-and.html  ;

 

Updated:Kindergarten Killers--Another Mass Murder;Two Crimes |  http://sco.lt/6MFFsP  ;

 

Word's from a Father who lost his daughter in COLUMBINE 12 YEARS AGO!!Congress Is Still Not Listening! http://sco.lt/6bzzaz  ;

 

The Supreme Court, of course, has recognized that under the Constitution, honest people have a right to defend themselves with firearms, inside and outside the home

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/07-290.ZS.html  ;

 

 U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit acknowledges 2nd amendment right to concealed weapons

http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2012/12/big_win_for_gun-rights_groups_federal_appeals_court_tosses_state_ban_on_carrying_concealed_weapons.html  ;

 

Blog turns tables on gun map paper - Katie Glueckhttp://sco.lt/57IpIf  ;  

 

A Call To Action to Restore America & What's Really Destroying America  http://sco.lt/78C6c5

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Advocates think dogs will make schools safer - Kansas.com

Advocates think dogs will make schools safer - Kansas.com | Safety in school | Scoop.it
Kansas.com Advocates think dogs will make schools safer Kansas.com LOS ANGELES — While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in...

Via Rudy Montigny
Erin Larcey's insight:

I think the use of dogs in schools is quite an interesting idea. A well trained dog could be quiet and calm, collected and such.  But they could also get the job done. Finding illegal drugs, weapons and what not. With not particularly putting the students in danger. The problem with the dogs is how much it costs to train the dogs. Its between $10,000 and $15,000 to train one dog. Where the schools would get the funds to higher the dogs would be the biggest question. Then of course bringing in the officers to take the dogs is question of funds, because the schools would have to pay for that as well. But having dogs would be a great solution to the question of security in schools. 

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16-year-old Miami Lakes student arrested for tweeting school threats

16-year-old Miami Lakes student arrested for tweeting school threats | Safety in school | Scoop.it

MIAMI LAKES, Fla. - A 16-year-old student in Miami Lakes is accused of tweeting out threats to open fire at his school in response to an announcement about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.


According to an arrest affidavit, Bowlin sent out several tweets after an announcement was made by the principal at Miami Lakes Educational Center, including writing:

* Finna shoot up the school this Friday. Prepare Yourselfs

* Making a list and checking it twice. We're about to see who gets shot up real nice

*Just cause this school has a "safety plan" don't mean ****. I could have walked in today with a gun in my bag and shot my whole class. Dead.

*Yeah, Bunch of little kids Died. I could care less and my school announces it like it matters. safe? I could shoot this school up easily

Bowlin told police the tweets were his reaction to the principal's announcement regarding the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The arrest officer noted Bowlin had a picture of the Columbine shooting on his Twitter account.

Bowlin is charged with writing or making threats to injure or cause bodily injury...

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Via Billy Corben
Erin Larcey's insight:

Here we have an example of how technology would negatively effect students. Twitter and facebook have become a war front in terms of bullying. Students are constantly being attacked by their peers and they have no way to fight it other than outlets at school. But to what extent are our schools responsible for what goes on on the internet? Are we supposed to intervene? Or should we be leaving such things up to parents? I think if it stayed out of school it would not be the problem of the school. However the bullying continues in school and stems from problems at school. It doesn't just stay on the internet. So we must figure out how to fight this fronteer. We cannot ban the internet. And its everywhere. The current "treatment" if you wil is to educate students on how to protect themselves from bullies on the internet. Its hard to protect the students but being available for them to talk to and have an outlet and even some peermediating is all we can really do.

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Securing Our Schools: The Need For Safety in the Classroom

Securing Our Schools: The Need For Safety in the Classroom | Safety in school | Scoop.it
America has a history of 250 years of violence in schools where 297 people have been killed in 137 fatal school shootings.

Via Thomas Faltin
Erin Larcey's insight:

I really like this article. I know that it's not very long, but the information is good. Just think about having 297 people killed in 137 shootings over a span of 250 years. That number just seems so amazing to me. It poses the question what are we doing now that we weren't doing back then, as well as what should be done in the future to further prevent these incidences from occuring. This is what I hope to explore in this particular newspaper. This article states that now schools are implementing the use of metal detectors as well as armed police officers being stationed in school. It also states that the way to avoid these unfortunate events it by being aware of those in the school. I find this an interesting concept however. It seems to me that so many people enter a school within a single day. Anyone from students and teachers, to parents and board members, even people in the community looking to offer support in volunteer positions and delivery people who stock the kitchens and vending machines. Granted in any school you enter you are required to report to the office and sign in. With the use of backpacks, students, or anyone really could easily conceal weapons if they so choose. Now how they get those weapons (whether they steal them from a parents or older sibbling or find them or buy them illegally) is a completely different question. This leaves the question how do we keep students from bringing in such items. Do we ban backpacks? If so how do students transport books and note taking materials and such? Or does new technology like ipads make those materials irrelevant? So maybe we don't need backpacks in this new era of technology and can eliminate any need for backpacks. Lockers would still be required to hold jackets and lunch boxes and such, but maybe banning backpacks in schools could start a new wave of safety. Of course then you have to wonder for the female students how do we distinguish between a backpack and a purse, but maybe that is a standard that each school needs to determine based on their students and students' needs.

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Marlboro, N.J. begins test of armed guards in all its schools after Newtown massacre

Marlboro, N.J. begins test of armed guards in all its schools after Newtown massacre | Safety in school | Scoop.it
Students in Marlboro, N.J., returned to classes Wednesday to find armed guards at school buildings — a startling change in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre.

 

Many of the suburban parents dropping off children in SUVs and minivans expressed their support for the controversial security measure.

“It’s about time,” said Venice Robbins, 44, after arriving with her son at Robertsville Elementary School. “Safety’s very important to us. I think what happened (in Newtown) could have been stopped with more security.”

Daniella Cingari, 41, said the armed guard would give her peace of mind during the school day.

“It’s wonderful — the more security, the better,” she said after saying goodbye to her 7-year-old daughter.



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/armed-guards-school-article-1.1231398#ixzz2GqSZ0EuO


Via littlebytesnews
Erin Larcey's insight:

This article adds to the overractions. Having armed guards at a school. Is that really necessary? I could see needing a police officer positioned at every school. But I really can not see needing armed guards. We don't want schools to feel like a boot camp. The other issue would be explaining the precautions to younger students. How do you explain why there is an armed officer at school to an eight-year old child. Children shouldn't need to know about such things. The other thing would be the need for added security in school. We know from the Sandyhooke disaster that we need some more security in schools. It makes me sad that we need so much security in our schools. They have also started implementing the use of metal detectors at school. To be afraid that someone in the community might attack the students is upsetting, as well as the thought that someone who attends the school might attack the students and teachers is so unfortunate. What would drive someone to do such a thing? 

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, January 2, 2013 1:52 PM

I think this is great! I hope more schools do this before students return to school after the Christmas break. I have a feeling my sons won't, but it would be nice. I know it might cost more but how many parents will complain about costs when it's providing protection for their children's lives?? I know I would pay more for armed security, but even if they only use paid security short-term, they can always find a way to train, armed volunteers like Sheriff Joe Arapaio is doing in Maricopa County with his 'armed posse'. Or trained, armed volunteer parents can be used or retired law enforcement/military or off-duty law enforcement. Or they can always fund it by getting the teacher's unions to fund school security, after all aren't they suppose to advocate a better work environment for teachers and students??

 

Related:

 

Since 1950 Most Mass Shootings Occured in Gun Free Zones--Making People Targets http://sco.lt/5hLdtx ;

FBI data:the average American is more likely to be killed by “hands, fists” or “feet” than "assault" rifle http://sco.lt/6UCJdJ ;

Gun-ban Chicago: Nearly 15,000 murders since 1990--446/489 children killed this year alone! http://sco.lt/5kfaT3 ;

 

Petition to counter anti-gun nuts w/over 9K signatures...we need MORE http://sco.lt/6MFFsP ;

WH got 200K agnst guns,we MUST counteract it http://t.co/YE1DCNTb    << Sign both!!

 

EXCLUSIVE: NY Paper Publishes Legal Gun Permit Holders Names in Print & Online! http://sco.lt/72tAzR ;

 

Poll:Would you choose a secure school or a "gun free" school for your children? http://shar.es/hJbkP  

 

Rahm Emmanuel's kids protected by armed, on duty police at University of Chicago Laboratory School http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/26/Rahm-s-Kids-School-Protected-by-Armed-On-Duty-Police  ;

 

Remarks from the NRA press conference on Sandy Hook school shooting, delivered on Dec. 21, 2012 (Transcript) http://sco.lt/5432bB ;

 

EXCLUSIVE: Fear of being committed may have caused Connecticut gunman to snap  http://sco.lt/64xQQr ;

 

'I am the devil': Former classmate reveals Adam Lanza had 'online devil worshiping page' as childhood bar.. http://sco.lt/7ugTJp     

 

Obama Let 1 Billion Dollars in School Security Funds Lapse Before Sandy Hook Mass Shooting http://sco.lt/6Zt8Rl ;

 

Anonymous Attacks Westboro Baptist Church Over Plans to Picket Sandy Hook Funerals  http://sco.lt/84z24v ;

 

Pictures of The victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting - May God Bless Their Souls&Comfort ... http://sco.lt/5FlnnN    

 

The Mind of a School Shooter--Not All Are Crazy,Most Are Just Angry  http://sco.lt/4p9uLp ;

 

Connecticut Mental Health Bill Defeated Months Before Deadly School Shooting-ACLU said 'infringed on pati... http://sco.lt/5Z4Wdl  

 

Newtown Victims Pictures, Profiles and Possible Clues That Should Have Been Caught http://littlebytesnews.blogspot.com/2012/12/newtown-victims-pictures-profiles-and.html ;

 

Updated:Kindergarten Killers--Another Mass Murder;Two Crimes |  http://sco.lt/6MFFsP ;

 

Word's from a Father who lost his daughter in COLUMBINE 12 YEARS AGO!!Congress Is Still Not Listening! http://sco.lt/6bzzaz ;

 

The Supreme Court, of course, has recognized that under the Constitution, honest people have a right to defend themselves with firearms, inside and outside the home

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/07-290.ZS.html ;

 

 U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit acknowledges 2nd amendment right to concealed weapons

http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2012/12/big_win_for_gun-rights_groups_federal_appeals_court_tosses_state_ban_on_carrying_concealed_weapons.html ;

 

Blog turns tables on gun map paper - Katie Glueck http://sco.lt/57IpIf  

 

A Call To Action to Restore America & What's Really Destroying America  http://sco.lt/78C6c5 ;

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South Florida teachers take self-defense course (VIDEO)

South Florida teachers take self-defense course (VIDEO) | Safety in school | Scoop.it

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A group of South Florida educators spent their Sunday morning learning how to protect themselves and their students against classroom threats. Technon Tactical Academy in Hollywood offered a free defense course for school staff members, in the wake of recent school shootings.

 

Sunday's class began with a personal safety video. Each participant also participated in one-on-one exercises with a safety instructor and learned the basics of a gun.

 

Teachers who attended the course told Local 10's Carlos Suarez December's school shooting in Connecticut has inspired them to prepare for the worst.

 

"It's scary nowadays what we have to go through," said kindergarten teacher Maria Sanabria. "With the unexpected and the unknown, we want to be as best prepared as we can be..."

 

(click pic to watch video)

 

 


Via Billy Corben
Erin Larcey's insight:

Okay I love this. Teachers should be prepared for anything that comes their way. And to be honest, a harsh reality that teachers face is that we put ourselves in danger going into school. It's sad that any student or parents or even teacher could any day go on a rampage, but it's knowing how to stop these incidences from happening, spotting nervous or rather unnormal behavior, and being able to stop it. This is a fantastic idea. If teachers are trained in self defense, they will be able to protect not only themselves, but also their students. What person would enter a school with bad intentions knowing that the teachers are all trained in self defense and could disarm them. Not only is it a healthy activity for exercise, but its also proactive in keeping incidences from happening.  

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Crisis drills: Too realistic? - TIMESUNION.COM

Crisis drills: Too realistic? - TIMESUNION.COM | Safety in school | Scoop.it
Both went limp at the verbal gunshots, and the "shooter," a police officer taking part in a school safety drill, continued his rampage.

Via Thumpy Covey
Erin Larcey's insight:

These drills are entirely too realistic for the kids. Kids as I've previously stated, should not be exposed to such violence. Kids are innocent and should not have any inkling of such violence. As positive as it is to make sure that everyone is prepared, this is most definitely taking things too far. We need to perserve our students' innocence and childhood. By exposing them to such things we take away that ignorance that evil exists in the world at such an extent. Besides the fact that its violent it also could upset the kids and make them less inclined to attend school. Exposing students at this level could also have negative effects on their emotional growth. It could possibly glorify violence and make it seem cool to students and cause even more violence than it prevents. We need to make sure that we are doing good and protecting our students and encouraging them to make proper decisions instead of putting negative thoughts in their head or scaring them to the point where they don't want to leave the house. 

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Thumpy Covey's curator insight, February 1, 2013 8:26 AM

GREAT article for our LEO and school friends to consider as they use AIRSOFT as an Active Shooter training tool....What do you think?