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What else can we do to protect our children from Active Shooters?

Updated on April 24, 2019
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Advocate for School Safety, Speaker at the 2019 School Safety Conference, CEO of Defendapack and proud father of 2 public school children

Are We Doing Everything Possible, To Keep Our Children Safe? The Answer is No!

We Can Do Better Than This!
We Can Do Better Than This! | Source

School is Not the Same as We Remember It!

The U.S. has a staggeringly high number of active and mass shooter incidents when compared to other developed nations. In fact, the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health released a study in 2016 that found the U.S. had more public mass shootings than any other of the 170 nations investigated.

School shootings are a reality in America, an average of one a week just that year alone.Source:https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/21/us/school-shooting-us-versus-world-trnd/index.html

That's 57 times as many shootings as the other six G7 countries combined.

Not What We Want To Lead All Other Countries In!

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There's More Than Just Hiding in Large Groups

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2018 was by far the worst year on record for gun violence in schools A database, since 1970, shows more incidents and more deaths in 2018, than ever recorded!

 94 School Gun Violence Incidents in 2018 Highest since start of report in 1970 and 59 percent higher than the previous record of 59 in 2006.
94 School Gun Violence Incidents in 2018 Highest since start of report in 1970 and 59 percent higher than the previous record of 59 in 2006. | Source

If Our Good Teachers Are Leaving At a Record Pace, Who's Teaching Our Children To Replace Them?

Citing low pay, widespread disrespect and potential opportunities in other fields, frustrated public-school teachers walked away from their classrooms in record numbers during 2018, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report based on U.S. Department of Labor figures.

Public education employees, including person in jobs as varied as community-college faculty, school psychologists and janitors, quitting their jobs at the fastest rate since such figures were first compiled in 2001. In the first 10 months of 2018, public educators quit at an average rate of 83 per 10,000 a month!

While this number is alarming, the 41% decline of college students majoring in education in the past decade, is even more staggering! With no resolve in sight and as long as, our teachers and students continue to feel unsafe, in this environment, our Education system, if these factors persist, will reach a state of TURMOIL and that, no disrespect to President Trump (The Wall), is an urgent National Emergency!

Good Teachers, Inspire Students, to Be Great Teachers of The Future!
Good Teachers, Inspire Students, to Be Great Teachers of The Future! | Source

Arming Teachers With Guns, Gives Great Teachers, Even More Reason To Quit!

Even police officers can’t always shoot accurately.

More guns mean more gun deaths.

The majority of the U.S. population doesn’t want to see teachers armed.

These are just a few of many poignant insights about the absurdity of arming teachers that have emerged since the massacre that killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Particularly moving have been the voices of students who simply want to feel safe at school and teachers who never signed up to participate in armed combat in their classrooms. Importantly, those voices have called out the National Rifle Association and Republican lawmakers for the ridiculous suggestion that, in addition to the already demanding workloads teachers face, some should also carry a loaded weapon to school in case an intruder armed with an assault rifle begins shooting the children in their care. But the issue runs deeper than adding the unwanted and dangerous task of policing schools to teachers’ jobs.

(German LopezDec 10, 2018, 1:20pm EST)

Have We Forgotten The Tragedy of Mixing Guns in School? Here's A Reminder!

A protest against gun violence on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, in which 12 students and a teacher were gunned down in a Colorado school in 1999.
A protest against gun violence on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, in which 12 students and a teacher were gunned down in a Colorado school in 1999. | Source

Police Officers Have Extensive Training, They Also, Are Given a Leave and Counseling When Involved In a Fatal Shooting!

Do You Feel Teachers are Physically and Mentally Equipped to Decisively Shoot a "Student" Active Shooter?

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Alternatives,To Combine With The Current Code Red Safety and Fire Drill Protocols

Just as life vest are mandated on water vessels, to protect from drownings, there are life vest, to protect from gunfire, mandated since the loss of 1,517 passengers aboard the Titanic in 1912. As President/CEO, I designed Defend A Pack to specialize, in providing bulletproof protection for both youths and adults, vests are lightweight and can be put on in under 10 seconds, they are kept in a classroom closet, and distributed by a teacher during a fire and code red drill, then restored in closet after each drill, providing students and teachers with bulletproof protection, before leaving the classroom. Defend A Pack also is offered as a convertible backpack, to carry everywhere you travel. www.defendapackgear.com

There's a change needed in our current protocols, to reduce these growing number of incidents, there are many tools and devices (including the mentioned above) that are accessible to our Superintendents, School Board Members and elected Officials, we need to stop waiting until another unfortunate Titanic, we've lost too many already, our voices, are a vehicle to make change and fix what's broken. As a tax payer, take a stand, call your Superintendent, Congressman, Governor, Senator and even President, Let them know, our children and teachers deserve better!

Principal Receives A Defend A Pack from A Fellow Teacher, Is Overwhelmed With Gratitude!

Our Children Have Become Desensitized With Reality, From Continuous Hours, of Game Play and Social Media

Child plays into the late hours of the night, unchallenged and unaccounted for!
Child plays into the late hours of the night, unchallenged and unaccounted for! | Source

STOP AVOIDING the INEVITABLE!

As an advocate for #schoolsafety, I have come across thousands of parents, that give the same response, verbally or in the form of a comment, "This is so sad, that it has come to this, I remember, when we didn't need these protections at school" unfortunately, those days are gone, making that comment, (no disrespect intended) does nothing for our children and their future! Being a part of the solution and talking and/or preparing your children, is what they need most! With the exposure of social media, video games and youtube, our children sadly, know more about GUNS, AMMUNITION and TACTICAL STRATEGY, then parents, so talk to your children, about the seriousness of potential threats, what lives, could be affected, if alerts are ignored and how to prepare themselves, if facing a potential threat.

If we wait for a #tragedy to occur, before we teach #awareness, it could be too late!

Whats Your Opinion, Of Our Current School Protocols

Do you feel we should look into other alternatives, to combine with our current protocols?

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      4 weeks ago from the short journey

      Yes, proactive, not just post-trauma efforts to help.

      Have to say, though, that parents who say they want a better life for their children need to be willing to stand against society's herd mentality. Parents willing to give up conformed society's way of educating kids to give their children more opportunity are learning the benefits of their sacrifice first-hand.

      Still, for those who cannot or do not embrace the opportunities of home education, it is crucial to have proactive efforts for student's safety. Besides that, this product has useful applications beyond school settings.

    • kisarey profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry James 

      4 weeks ago from Wellington

      RTalloni, thank you for your comment, I do agree with your theory of Homeschooling, that it is, a nurturing, individualized and secure way to introduce education to your children, however, it takes a very unique and cooperated effort to have success, very few families have this availability and affordability to suffice. Along with that, the self-discipline and regulation of work to be accomplished in a timely manner, mixed with the readjustment into a conformed society is also a challenge (I know this, from speaking to a few families, that ventured into Homeschooling). The reality is, the majority of our children attend a populated school of some form, we as parents, need to address the importance of safety and the significance of reporting any potential threats to our children. We as parents also need to get involved in what could be added/suggested to the current protocols used in schools, bottom line, we need to be proactive in our involvement in our children's safety, not just after a tragedy occurs.

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      RTalloni 

      5 weeks ago from the short journey

      In earlier years it used to be that every fall older teens often drove to school with full gun racks in the back window of their truck. They were prepared to go hunting after school or head out on a hunting trip for the weekend. Perhaps teachers, too, though I'm not certain. We had never heard of a school shooting and we were not afraid. Times changed, though, and parents have allowed society to expose kids to so much they are just too young to cope with correctly.

      That said, in this day and time a protective back pack is not a bad idea. We are not going back to a time when kids are not fearful, angry and hardened at early ages thanks to what they are exposed to at schools. Government and union intrusion/control of kid's educations has only degraded the systems. But if a principal's number one concern today is safety, why send kids to school at all?

      Home education is a time-tested proven viability giving kids more opportunity to grow up safely and productively, and giving them more options in their educations including individually designed programs allowing them to pace their learning as needed or to accelerate as able. Taking the time to learn about the home education movement can open doors for families they never dreamed of and can be the start of an amazing way of life.

      But the back pack is still a good idea because home education does not mean isolation from the rest of the world. This product is a useful tool in modern society.

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