Active Shooters – Planning & Prevention

This page was requested by Kenneth M. at the 2018 CUE Conference in Palm Springs.

One of the hardest things when researching for this page was filtering out all of the current news stories on recent shootings and the daily occurrence of students bringing guns on campus. This is a problem we need to get a handle on.

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ALICE: An options-based active-shooter policy for schools

One of the realities of recent shooting incidents is the police are not going to get there in time. They will get there, but not for 5 or 10 or even 15 minutes. A lot can happen in those first few minutes. Which is why schools need a plan in place that assumes they will…  learn more

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Comics – Speak Up! The Power of One's Voice Can Save Lives

As the Co-CEO of Archie Comics who comes from a teaching background and the founder of the Rise Above Social Issues foundation, Nancy Silberkleit was taken by graphic literacy's ability to address sensitive issues in a way that connects directly with students. See Something, Say Something is an eight-page comic book that tells an all…  learn more

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How Schools Are Working To Detect Threats Made On Social Media

Some schools are working with outside technology companies to scan social media for threats against them and their students, in hopes of preventing mass shootings and student suicide. This transcript of an NPR segment for All Things Considered looks at one company's idea to identify mass shooters and suicidal students thru their online posts. It…  learn more

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List of attacks at secondary schools

Wikipedia maintains a lists of school-related attacks worldwide. The link included here is for secondary schools. As we scanned thru this list, here are some of the things that stood out to us... The number of incidents has risen dramatically in the last 10-20 years. * Some of this is due to better reporting, but,…  learn more

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One Teacher's Strategy to Stop Future School Shootings

Here's how one 6th grade schoolteacher takes time each week to look out for the lonely. Every Friday afternoon, she asks her students to take out a piece of paper and write down the names of four children with whom they'd like to sit the following week. After the students have gone home, she takes…  learn more

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Why active shooter training sometimes falls short

USA Today looked at the February, 2018 shootings at Parkland, Florida. Despite planning and training, seventeen people lost their lives. Their finding: the plan in place at Parkland was well known and easily circumvented when the shooter set off the fire alarm. Plans need to be flexible, rehearsed and updated regularly. You school needs to…  learn more