In this article you will find information that I have gathered after the horrific Florida School Shooting. This article is not meant to frighten anyone. I believe as always EDUCATION is key. This is to educate the public about college campuses. I will not be naming Campuses due to giving exposure to anyone who may take advantage of this article to cause harm. Just a little background on the NRA. The National Rifle Association is indeed a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. To be specific, it has 501(c)(4) status, meaning it is regarded as a “social welfare organization” by the Internal Revenue Service,
In a descriptive study, Myers (2016) explored public safety directors’ reports of their deliberate efforts to design, implement, and assess preparedness procedures for responding to an active-shooter situation on their respective college or university campus. The study was conducted with eight public safety directors at private, four-year institutions in a state within the Northeastern United States. The study found most private colleges and universities in the participating state do not have a current active-shooter policy at their institutions. Thus, they are ill-prepared to address most active shooter situations. All campuses participating in the study had a firearm policy at their institutions and structures in place to mitigate the risk of an active shooter. Some of the structures were an emergency notification system, camera systems, card access systems, and emergency blue light towers. Nevertheless, without an active-shooter policy, these structures alone are likely to be insufficient. Myers (2016) recommended that all colleges and universities should have a current active-shooter policy that is known to the entire campus population. Because these shooting events cause confusion, chaos, and high stress, administrators, faculty, staff, and students must be sufficiently prepared to handle violent situations on campus in accordance with a consistent and well-understood policy. For the institutions that have a current active-shooter policy in place, a set of criteria should be formulated for regularly examining the effectiveness of the current policy. Doing so is critical. Conditions regularly change on campuses, new situations arise, and new technology emerges. Few, if any, private colleges and universities in the study have mandatory training for members of the campus community to deal with active-shooter situations. While others mainly have voluntary training, it is unlikely to attract sufficient members of the campus communities. Within this study, all campuses noted that they had a handbook, brochures, documents, a Website, or videos to enhance awareness of how to handle an active shooter enhance awareness of how to handle an active shooter situation. Nevertheless, not one campus practiced a drill or exercise specifically for an active shooter situation. This lack of training may be “standard practice” because organizing and implementing such training and drills is a daunting task and public safety departments are not positioned to authorize such activities on their own.
Most deaths occur during the first five minutes. Preparing teachers and students would save lives. Hardly any American schools hold active-shooter drills, but almost all of them hold regular fire drills. It’s been 50 years since fire was a real threat to safety in America’s schools. It’s time to rethink those priorities.
Almost every school student in America has a cellphone. On Wednesday in Florida, many witnesses texted their parents asking them to call the police. This was the right thing to do. Dialing 911 themselves could have attracted the shooter to the sound of their voices, with deadly consequences. We need to impress upon our tech-savvy young people that time is critical in active-shooter situations. Students and teachers shouldn’t waste precious minutes. They must find a way to contact law enforcement immediately when lives are in danger.
Our Company has always suggested that during an event such as an active shooter situation, the EVER SO slightest movement is best. Providing teachers with SOS buttons that can directly dispatch authorities during these situations is best option in our opinion.
We hope that people will take a stand in protecting our children and education is key. Understanding how we can all collectively make our schools safer. The word BUDGET should not be a part of making decisions here.