Schools have started in many areas of the country and others will be scrambling to get prepared for the new rush of students and return of others.
Schools should have already established their protocols for emergency management and their plans for handling any active shooter situations.
The 2018 school year included on February 9th with the death of 17 students who were gunned down along with many others injured while attending Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the school year ended on May 18th, with 10 students killed and 10 others injured when a student pulled a fire alarm causing students to run into the awaiting gunman at Santa Fe High School, in Santa Fe, Texas.
I was contacted a few months ago to put together a presentation that addressed active shooters and school safety. While putting together this presentation I also posed many questions of several areas that I have not seen being addressed.
- What procedures have you developed for our mentally challenged and physically challenged students to keep them safe during an active shooter situation?
- What procedures and training have you provided for your nursing staff to treat gunshot wounds, apply tourniquets, or other injuries?
- What procedures have you established for reunification process and getting kids back to their parents or guardians?
- Do you only have one type of lock down procedures?
- How many times do you conduct a metal detector search of the student body and what are your procedures?
- Communication practices?
- Notifying students and staff of an active shooter event?
I have shared with you in many of my postings that there must be a proactive approach in our day to day dealing with keeping our schools, businesses, and churches safe. It concerns me that our school districts and local representatives ONLY respond AFTER there is a serious event. We then throw all kinds of money and recommendations in their direction so that it won’t happen again. Truly, how many active shootings have reoccurred on schools that have already experienced an active shooting, none that I’m aware of, and why, because they are now being proactive. So why are we only responding after the event. Like the old saying, “Closing the barn door AFTER the cows have gotten out” it’s too late by then and the body count goes higher.
Don’t wait..let me help you with your planning and proactive needs. I have over 45 years of experience in keeping schools safe and secure. If you need assistance in your emergency planning procedures, help with your communications needs, develop, discuss, or review your active shooter protocols please do not hesitate to contact me via my website www.rgonzalesconsulting.com or text message me at 832-725-5388 let’s talk, don’t be a victim.
Be Safe… God Bless