Oath Keepers Police Professionals’ Recommendations for Improving School Security

Oath Keepers Police Professionals’ Recommendations for Improving School Security

After the school shooting in Florida, I asked some of our most experienced police professionals to work together to hammer out their recommendations for improving school security across the nation. They also had the input from some of our best emergency medical professionals. The document below is the final product. They did a great job, and I want to thank them for their time and dedication in producing these recommendations.

Feel free to pass this around, and to also print the recommendations up and give them to your local school officials, law enforcement officers and leadership, and to your local elected officials. We hope they will help you and your community attain the urgent goal of safer schools. We welcome your comments and questions below.
Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers

*See Author bios below. 


Oath Keepers Police Professionals’ Recommendations for Improving School Security


Introduction

Department of Homeland Security research shows that the average duration of an active shooter incident at a school is 12.5 minutes. In contrast, the average response time for law enforcement is 18 minutes. This means armed attacks are often over before police arrive, and even if they do arrive while the attack is still ongoing, the longer it takes for off campus armed officers to respond to a 911 call, get there, locate the shooter, and stop the killing, the more children, teachers, and staff will die. That is simply the brutal reality.

It is essential that there be someone on the school campus who is armed and trained so they can respond faster and end the killing sooner.

As a 2014 FBI study determined:

The findings also reflect the damage that can occur in a matter of minutes. In 63 incidents where the duration of the incident could be ascertained, 44 (69.8%) of 63 incidents ended in 5 minutes or less, with 23 ending in 2 minutes or less.* Even when law enforcement was present or able to respond within minutes, civilians often had to make life and death decisions, and, therefore, should be engaged in training and discus­sions on decisions they may face.

As expected, therefore, many incidents ended before police arrived.18 Of the 160 incidents, at least 107 (66.9%) ended before police arrived and could engage the shooter, either because a citizen intervened, the shooter fled, or the shooter committed suicide or was killed by someone at the scene.

The FBI study also noted:

According to the 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey, 53.4% of the time, law enforcement was able to respond to a reported violent crime in less than 10 minutes. Bureau of Justice, National Crime Victimization Survey, Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2007 Statistical Tables, February 2010.

Available online at: https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/active-shooter-study-2000-2013-1.pdf/view

This means that, according to that 2007 survey at least, in almost half the incidents it took  longer than 10 minutes for police to respond.  And that means that the incident will likely be over by the time the police get there, or even if it is still ongoing, there will have been critical minutes lost while the shooter kills or grievously injures numerous victims at will before police can arrive and stop him.

According to The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University:

Active shooter events from 2000-2015, were resolved (defined as the shooter being shot, subdued or stopped through direct force other than being shot, or stopping shooting and leaving the location) before law enforcement arrived over half of the time.

… 53% (106 events) of the active shooting events were finished before law enforcement arrived. This is due in large part to the fact that the attacker stopped the attack in 35% of events (71 events) and 27% ended  (54 events) due to the shooter committing suicide.

Available online at:  http://www.activeshooterdata.org/the-resolution.html

Again, at least half of the attacks are over before the police can arrive on scene, and the longer it takes for a trained and armed defender to arrive, the more victims will be shot and the more will die.  There must be competent, trained, armed personnel on the campus, among the intended victims, to stop the killing faster than responding police can, or to even prevent loss of innocent life in the first place. That is the single most realistic and effective way to increase response time and to decrease the casualties by decreasing the duration of the incident (most active shooters commit suicide once confronted by armed personnel).

After all, once the incident starts, people will desperately call 911 to get an armed and trained defender to the school as quickly as possible to shoot the shooter, desperately hoping and/or praying that the armed, trained personnel arrive in time to save them. All politics aside, it is simply a fact that it is clearly faster to have such armed and trained defenders already there, rather than having to wait for them to arrive from somewhere else.

Therefore, we recommend the following methods of ensuring that there are competent, vetted, trained and armed defenders present on campus.

We also advocate a revision/amendment of LEOSA to allow all retired police officers in the area to respond and enter the school grounds during an active shooter incident to put a stop to the killing, without having to secure permission in advance to do so by the school administration (see below for details). A well trained retired police officer may be a passerby who could respond immediately, and that retired officer needs to be free of worrying about a long prison sentence for saving kids’ lives.

In addition, we will also make recommendations for improved passive and active physical security and improved medical response both by the school staff, and by responding EMS.


Recommendations for Improving School Security

Methods to have vetted, trained, armed personnel on the school campus before an active shooter attacks:

  1. Allow school faculty and staff who volunteer for a formal “Sentinel” type program to go armed after being screened for mental health and criminal background checks, and after training to police standards for active shooter response, and while meeting equipment standards (such as requiring concealed carry retention holsters), established by the state or local law enforcement agency supervising the program. These volunteers will fall into two primary groups:
    1. Teachers who are police or military veterans who already have applicable training. They can then undergo additional mandatory training as required by the state or local law enforcement agency supervising the program, and adhere to equipment standards and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) established by that law enforcement agency, such as by the County Sheriff (see the below described “Sentinel Program” established by Sheriff Graddy Judd in Polk County, FL for an example of a current program with a successful three year track record). Such volunteers can self- fund and self-equip to the required standards, or they can be funded and equipped by county or state government. Either way, it needs to be done.
      1. Teachers who are not prior service but are willing to volunteer to go through required training up to standards set by LEO active shooter response and deadly force instructors. Again, see the example set by Sheriff Graddy Judd in Polk County, FL of how such a program could work.  Sheriff Judd has been training and arming teachers for three years and deputizing them as special deputies (making them limited-jurisdiction law enforcement officers). This program has now expanded to other counties in Florida, such as Sarasota County. A Sheriff in Ohio is also copying Sheriff Judd’s program and has had 200 teachers respond and ask for training. A local Sheriff can deputize the volunteers or the local Chief of Police can make them a reserve officer. They could also be designated as constables or as marshals, depending on the jurisdiction.

Training for teachers: 

  1. Can require teachers to go through the in-residence police academy and make them a reserve or auxiliary deputy.
  2. Or can mandate that teachers successfully graduate from a training program established by the sheriff department or by the city police department (which as a matter of course will also adhere to the same standards as the academy). That would make them a special deputy or reserve officer and the advantage is that they would not have to attend in-residence at the academy and can remain on the job as a teacher and train part time in their own county. They would be law enforcement officers but would have limited authority to respond at the school only to a deadly force threat such as an active shooter/terrorist attack, but would have enough authority to be qualified and trained for that response. They would operate under the discretion of the sheriff and/or Chief of Police if in a city. This is similar to the armed pilot and Air Marshal programs.  Again, see the example set by Sheriff Judd in Polk County, FL.

Either way, such teachers would be trained to law enforcement Post standards. We recommend additional training in active shooter response (which is exactly what Sheriff Judd does now). We also recommend that ALL teachers and staff be trained in Stop the Bleed (civilian version of combat lifesaver) which will train them in the use of tourniquets, pressure bandages, quick clot, etc to keep kids from bleeding out while outside EMS tries to respond (See below medical section for more details). See https://www.bleedingcontrol.org/

We recommend background checks and psychological evaluations up to police agency standards, just as Sheriff Judd does.

The great benefit of such a program is that rather than paying full time police officers to serve as a School Resource Officer (SRO), with the school district having to pay their full salary, the teachers and other school staff are already on the school district payroll and already present and responsible for the care of the students. The time and expense to train them is miniscule compared to the cost of paying for full time active duty police officers to serve as SROs. Of course, we are in full support of strong SRO programs, and encourage them as well, but the reality is that many school districts can only afford a limited number of SROs, and many have even terminated those programs entirely, leaving the schools completely undefended.

In addition, even where the is an SRO program, the trained, armed, and deputized teachers act as an important augmentation to those SRO officers.  And on a large campus, it can take a School Resource Officer precious minutes to arrive at the scene of a shooting, whereas an armed and trained teacher “sentinel’ may well be much closer or already on scene. The more defenders on a campus, the faster the response time, which is critical in saving lives.


Firearms Carry/Storage Recommendations:

For teachers and/or staff who are authorized to carry a firearm, we recommend that it be carried concealed using a concealable retention holster (and with retention training which should be part of the LEO standards anyway). The armed teacher should be anonymous and not known to the students or to the public, if at all possible, but of course should be known to local LEOs and to the school administration. Operational security is critical and should be taken very seriously.

Another option, as an alternative to concealed carry, is to use a locked firearms box with key pad mounted in a desk, using a locking mounting system so the box itself can’t be stolen. This box can use a touch code keypad or a biometric access system. The boxes can be in the designated trained teachers’ desks, and other firearms in locked boxes can be in the Principal’s office and also in the teacher’s lounge (to be determined by the school administration and the local law enforcement agency supervising the program).

If the teachers carry concealed, we recommend they leave the handgun holstered and take it home. That handgun should never come out of its holster on school grounds unless needed to stop a shooting (there should be no administrative gun-handling on school grounds – that should be done in the teacher’s home). If a teacher needs to disarm for some reason while on campus, that teacher should place the gun, still in the holster, in a designated locked box where it can be safely stored loaded, as the other handguns in locked boxes are.  That can be in the Principal’s office or in the teacher’s lounge. Doing so avoids ever drawing the firearm out of its holster on school grounds unless needed to stop a deadly force threat.  This will drastically reduce the chances of a negligent discharge on school grounds, and especially with high quality retention holsters being used (which make it difficult for a third party to draw the firearm from the holster under duress) backed up by retention training that focuses on defeating gun-grab attempts.

If handguns used by designated teachers are kept in locked boxes in each teacher’s desk, we recommend that, ideally, at the end of the day when no students are present, an SRO (School Resource Officer) gather up the lock boxes with handguns inside them (after unlocking the box from the steel frame mounted in the desk) and place them all inside a gun safe in the principle’s office for safe storage after school hours.

This option is less ideal than concealed carry as it slows response time, but this can be an option where, for some reason, authorities will not allow concealed carry by teachers and staff.

We recommend the use of subsonic or frangible ammunition, meeting LEO standards, to address concerns about overpenetration.

For non-teacher school staff members/volunteers, there should be standard patrols rotating between the exterior and interior of the school.  The teachers will be in their classrooms or with students, so they cannot be expected to go out on a patrol through the school and outside on the school grounds, but non-teacher staff can do so.

  1. Non-school Personnel (outside volunteers, including parents – see Sheriff Judd)

We recommend following sheriff Judd’s example:

He allows non-school employees to participate in his “Sentinel” program if they are current serving, retired, or veteran police and military with applicable training or non-prior service parents (all required to undergo extensive background checks, mental health evaluation, and training above and beyond current law enforcement standards).

Description of Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd’s “Sentinel” Program

“-  A voluntary program for teachers, administrators, volunteers (active and retired military and law enforcement) and parents who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon; participants would be required to pass enhanced background checks, undergo emotional/psychological evaluation and complete comprehensive standardized training. The participants will be given 100 hours of comprehensive firearm safety and proficiency training for the purpose of providing security on campus during an active assailant incident. The 100-hour block of firearms instruction is 25 percent more instruction than the standard that is required for certified law enforcement officers. In addition to the 100 hours, the Sentinels will also be required to complete 32 hours of deadly force training. The participants will be appointed by the Sheriff as volunteer “Special Deputies.” The Special Deputies will have no authority to act in any law enforcement capacity outside of an active assailant incident on campus. The firearms and holsters will be approved by the Sheriff’s Department. The School director of safety and security will retain the names of the participants, documentation of the weapon and equipment inspections, as well as the participants’ training certification, inspection and qualification records.”

Such outside volunteers in an official program can be given a place to sit in the school and will be known to the school staff. Copies of their IDs should be on file with Principle’s office and with the local law enforcement agency supervising the school sentinel program.  For example, a retired cop who volunteered and is given an empty office to use.


Mitigating “blue-on-blue” (good guys shooting good guys)
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Each volunteer should have a long range visible designator known only to school admin and LEOs – so bad guys can’t copy it – that they keep concealed until an incident, and then put on/pull on.  It must be easily seen at a distance from multiple angles.   They should also have a close-range designator of some kind, again only known to school admin and LEOs.

The School Resource Officer(s) would know who the armed teachers are and would train with them.  The SROs would have the option of using the armed teachers to form a response team during an incident.  And that can also help to avoid “blue-on-blue” tragedies.  If possible, all LEOs in that jurisdiction should know who all armed teachers, staff, and volunteers are by sight.


Police:  Placing current serving police officers in schools


Sub-Stations and/or district office/satellite offices in Schools
. Placing sub-stations in schools creates a frequent or non-stop presence of police officers. Having such a heavy police presence going in and out of the school acts as a strong deterrent. Even a suicidal attacker still wants to succeed and such attackers have been historically known to avoid targets with armed defenders present, and instead will look for undefended soft targets.  A constant stream of police officers coming and going at odd and irregular times creates uncertainty in the mind of an attacker who will worry about being shot and stopped before he can achieve his goal of a high body count.

A good example of this concept is the substation that currently operates in the Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale, AZ.  In addition, some Walmart stores also have police substations in them.

Another thing that can be done is if the officers don’t use take-home patrol vehicles, they can store their patrol vehicles on the school campus rather than in some other parking lot, so they are in and out of that campus parking lot all day, and there are police vehicles parked in the parking lot throughout the day.

Schools should give all police officers free meals in the school cafeteria, which will also increase the frequency of police presence.

In addition, police academy programs can partner with schools to hold their LEO training classes on campus.

Any school security cameras should have live feeds to monitors in the sub-station with digital recording.  It is critical that the school coordinate closely with law enforcement and alerts them to potential threats.


Patrol Officers
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The school should be placed on a regular patrol schedule and patrol officers should be required to get out of their patrol cars and walk the campus.


School Resource Officer (SRO) Programs

Every school needs at least two SRO officers, on campus at all times.   Many school districts have no problem with securing funding for large football stadiums and astro-turf for the field.  They need to take the security of the students as seriously as they do football.


Retired and Veteran LEOs – Amending LEOSA to Allow Retired Police “Sheep-dogs” to Save Lives on Campus

We recommend that there be a revision of the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) to allow retired police officers to go into schools to stop an active shooter mass murder without having to get permission in advance from the school, so they can save lives without having to worry about being charged with a felony in the aftermath.  The entire point of LEOSA was to allow police veterans to carry concealed nation-wide to reduce casualties from terrorism, but the law contains a restriction on those retired police doing so on school campuses unless they have permission from the school, thus leaving those police veterans exposed to a possible felony charge for doing the right thing, what they were trained to do, by stopping a terrorist attack or an attack by a murdering madman.  Our legal system should not punish retired police officers for saving the lives of children under attack by an active-shooter.


Physical Security for Schools

The exterior doors of each school should be hardened steel, in a steel frame, with a hardened dead-bolt, and locked at all times, with swipe RFID badges required for external entry.

All visitors should be required to go through one main entrance, with two sets of doors that each have to be buzzed open by staff, with Lexan windows or solid walls forming a box the person must enter before being granted admission.

Each classroom must have a hardened steel door, with a steel frame, and a hardened dead-bolt lock.

The principal’s office must be hardened, with double buzzer doors for access.

Ground floor windows should be hardened Lexan and not openable from outside (one way open from inside for fire escape only).

There should be exterior barriers to prevent vehicle ramming at vulnerable points.

Each school must have hardened walls (fortunately, most already are hardened to meet storm shelter standards).  This is necessary to prevent a ramming attack or other dynamic entry, and also to prevent or mitigate vulnerability to gunfire from outside the school.  This is something that has happened in the past, with attackers firing into the building from the outside, and we saw this exact same tactic used by the shooter in the attack on the Sutherland Springs, Texas Baptist Church on November 6, 2018, with dozens of rounds being fired through the walls before the shooter even entered the building.


Protecting Student While on Outside of the School Building

It is critical that at least two armed “sentinel’ personnel be present on the exterior of the school when children are arriving and leaving school (morning, lunch, end of day) and at all outdoor activities, such as recess, gym, etc.   This is to protect them while they are on the exterior of the building, and also to help deny access to a shooter who attempts to enter the school while students are coming and going.   See the 1989 Patrick Purdy attack on a Stockton, CA elementary school, where he shot students while they played outside on recess.   The more hardened a school is, the more likely an attacker will attempt to shoot the students while they are on the exterior of the school building.

We realize it is terrible to have to think about such things, but the reality is we live in a world where madmen and murderous terrorists will actively seek any means necessary to gain access to children they are determined to kill.  This was the reality in Israel too, which caused the Israelis to harden their schools and arm and train their teachers to protect the children.  This is what works, and what must be done.


Emergency Medical

From Arizona Fire Captain Mark Lytle (SWAT Paramedic).  Recommendations for “Stop the Bleed” kits in a school/public facility would be the following:

Having either a centralized active shooter kit that is co-located with an AED, or have several smaller kits mounted to the wall throughout the facility. These would be in a cabinet of some sort, with a seal, and ideally a list of expiration dates of the medical items contained inside.

As far as the kits themselves are concerned, if using a large centralized kit, I would recommend the following for middle schools and high schools:

8-10 Combat Application Tourniquets (CAT), Generation 7.

8-10 Israeli Bandages, or Olaes bandages

8-10 Quik-clot, Z-fold gauze

At least 1 pair of trauma shears

8-10 pairs of nitrile gloves.

For decentralized kits this can be broken down into individual kits or kits that carry two or more of the above mentioned items.


In classrooms

Ideally, the classroom kits should contain, at minimum, 2 of each item and 1 set of trauma shears (the more the better).

Such kits should be in each classroom so that barricaded students and teachers can treat gunshot wound victims without having to open the locked door and venture out to secure medical supplies.   The kit can be mounted on the wall in the classroom.

One caveat:

If we are dealing with very young preschool/kinder/elementary aged kids it would be good to include SWAT-T Tourniquets.

The SWAT-Ts are basically a rubber elastic band that can be used to stop bleeding. When dealing with very small children with very little arms the regular CAT Tourniquets cannot get tight enough around their arms.

Active shooter response kits can be purchased here:  https://archangeldynamics.com

For training, I recommend the “Stop the Bleed” curriculum. My company teaches this for free to schools, churches, and the public in Arizona, but it can be found across the nation. People can go to:

https://www.bleedingcontrol.org to find classes in their area.

In Arizona, our non-profit will come to your facility to train the staff free of charge. You can find us at www.icsave.org.

When it comes to Emergency Medical Service response to an active-shooter incident, there is now a shift toward having tactically trained EMS personnel go right in with the second wave of responding officers.   The standard is now for the first officers on the scene to go right in and stop the shooter, and when the second “wave” of officers goes in, EMS must be trained to go in with them so they can start treating gunshot wound victims and saving lives.    When a person is shot, every second and every minute counts, and the bleeding must be stopped as fast as possible.  The old standard of EMS waiting on the exterior until the entire scene was declared safe is simply too slow and fails to treat the gunshot victims fast enough.  More people will bleed out and die if that old standard is followed.   We highly recommend that EMS train with the local police, so they are able to enter with the second wave of officers.


Conclusion: 

These are our current recommendations for improving school security.   We will publish any revisions or additions on our national org website, at oathkeepers.org.   If you have suggestions for improvement, or questions, please contact us at:   contact@oathkeepers.org

 

 

AUTHORS

Brian Krogmann.  Ret. Washington D.C. Metro Police., U.S. Army special warfare veteran.

Deputy Greg McWhirter.  Former deputy in Indianapolis, IN, current serving deputy in Montana.  SWAT Active Shooter Response instructor.

Fire Capt. Mark Lytel.  SWAT paramedic.

Officer Bret Hamilton.  USAF, Police, Corrections & Fire Veteran.

Detective Matthew McDonnell (Ret.)

Officer Robert Houston (Ret.) SWAT EMT

Officer Ron Thompson (Ret.).  U.S. Army veteran, former deputy, former corrections.

Officer Scott Dunn.  Police veteran, SWAT EMT, retired trauma nurse

Officer Billy Simmons. USMC MP dog handler and police veteran.


AUTHOR BIOS:

 

Deputy Ron Thompson (Ret.)

Reserve Deputy-Pima Co., AZ   1970

US Army 1972

Town Marshall,  Eldorado, OK 1975

Deputy Sheriff, Wichita Falls, TX 1976

Adult Corrections, AZ 1978

Juvenile Corrections, AZ  1990

Retired 2009

Az. Border Defenders.org  2010

Co-founder of Oracle Neighborhood Watch Alliance 2014

Oath Keepers 2016

 

Officer Robert Houston (Ret.)

US ARMY Vietnam Veteran 70

Az Dept of Corrections 97

Reserve Officer Policer Officer Douglas, AZ 93-94

Tombstone Marshals  Office, Tombstone, AZ  Part time 94-97

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, Bisbee AZ 97-2004

Co-founder Oracle Neighborhood Watch

Alliance

Border Defender

NRA / POST Certified Firearms instructor, EMT, SWAT CERTIFIED, Train the trainer certified, post certified instructor

 

Detective Matthew McDonnell (Ret.)

Retired after 25 years of service. 15 years uniform patrol, 10 years as a detective.

 

Officer Scott Dunn (police veteran)

EMT Advanced

Former police officer, Murray City, Ohio SWAT team medic. Retired

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, SRT and HRT.

Former ER nurse,RN. Trauma certified.

 

Officer Billy Simmons (police veteran)

USMC Military Police dog handler veteran

Undercover narcotics agent. Finished out career as field training officer and training officer for a sheriffs department patrol division in Florida.

Louisiana state leadership coordinator

National Oath Keepers Vice President

Oath Keepers National Board of Directors

 

Lt Brian Krogmann Ret. Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police

Deputy 1995-1999

Patrol Officer 2000-2005

Sergeant 2005-2008

Detective 2008-2010

Lieutenant Shift Commander 2010-2015

US Army 1986-1992

Army National Guard 1992-2010 Special Operations Medical NCO

 

Deputy Greg McWhirter.

Former deputy in Indianapolis, IN, current serving deputy in Montana.  SWAT Active Shooter Response instructor.

Oath Keepers National Board of Directors

 

Officer Bret K. Hamilton (USAF, Police, Corrections & Fire Veteran)

 U.S. Air Force Veteran

Sumter County Sheriff’s Department (Corrections Officer)

Florida Department of Correction’s (Corrections Officer)

Center Hill Police Department (Police Officer)

Bushnell Volunteer Fire Department (Fire Fighter)

Bushnell Police Department (Aux. Police Officer)


Photo: Medical personnel tend to a victim following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

 

Comments

  1. intheaspens 26 May, 2018, 10:50

    Outstanding document. Implementation of this would, I’ll bet, reduce active school shooter scenarios to near zero.

    It’ll never be implemented. Dead kids are too valuable to the Collectivist agenda to eviscerate the Second Amendment.

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    • CarlCasino 26 May, 2018, 17:35

      Unfortunately your correct in your assessment. Everybody in the public arena is either surrounded by LEO’s or have personal protection? For the last 25 years as a contractor that often worked on school premises I was a Felon ( just not caught & Convicted) because I was NEVER UNARMED OR within reach of at least one firearm. Two things that I might add is just the Removal of the Gun Free Zone 0r Free Kill Zone signs with huge fanfare in the media and then the media could do their part by refusing to lead with ” If it Bleeds, It leads mentality” and never mention the shooter by name. Make them generic ‘Deranged Person”. If they cannot get their 15 seconds of fame it loses it’s allure. Failing to make the Never Gun accountable for NOT doing the above would be a plus but remember we are dealing with people that do not understand How America Gained it’s FREEDOM in the beginning and as long as it’s in somebody else’s back yard they can scream all they want attempting to make it someone else’s Problem. NEVER blame the Car when a person can be held accountable. ( I call that REVERSE Stupidity)

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    • Bruce 27 May, 2018, 21:17

      Or we could abolish the CIA.

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  2. Rod 26 May, 2018, 11:02

    Simply outstanding job! Now the real problem is getting people to listen.

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  3. sheepnohere 26 May, 2018, 11:25

    Wolfgang Halbid DID THIS ALREADY for the Florida school… they had the correct system in place the ignorant principal and teachers are to blame on top of the coward COPS who stood down.

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  4. cvleatherneck 26 May, 2018, 11:45

    Plenty of ideas that would have impact, however no one, repeat, no one has remembered their Oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States (COTUS).
    As Oathkeepers we should always be thinking founding documents (Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers) when making an argument. In this case, it’s easy…the 2nd amendment has simply been violated into dust, and we are seeing the beginning of the result. When the people can no longer defend themselves and instead rely on government (police) it should surprise no one that wholesale slaughter becomes commonplace.
    This is as the communist left wants it. The more we call out for police protection (government intervention) the better for them. Already we call government for virtually everything. This must stop. We must roll back the un-Constitutional laws and regulations, abolish the illegal departments, and begin living inside the limits of Constitutional government once again. This is how we both make the schools safe AND save the Republic at the same time.
    School shootings are a symptom of the sickness of communist elimination of God-given (Natural) rights. We can’t fix that by putting a band-aid on the bleeding artery…we need a tournequet and medevac asap.
    It’s our Constitution, and we need it back now.

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    • Greg K 27 May, 2018, 13:57

      Exactly! The Constitution already has the remedy, we just need to step up and tell the Government to pack sand.

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  5. Texsa 26 May, 2018, 11:55

    I pray that this has been communicated during Gov.Abbott’s round table discussions in Texas!

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  6. rtspruill62 26 May, 2018, 12:02

    Excellent idea’s, sad the world has come to this,but we must put a stop to these atrocities

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  7. DepJW 26 May, 2018, 12:23

    Excellent, and very well presented, All or any part would have saved lives had these programs been in place years ago. If we could only archive having the Elitist believe children were as valuable as they.

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  8. stridr 26 May, 2018, 12:41

    I don’t see any reference to school buses while enroute to/from the school. With vehicles being used as weapons, and a determined killer looking to inflict as much damage as necessary while being denied the ability to do so at the school, what might be proposed to address this?

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    • stridr 26 May, 2018, 13:34

      “damage as necessary” should read “damage as possible”

      Senior moment!

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  9. Chuck Huse 26 May, 2018, 19:34

    I agree with the program as stated. But, with any program intended to mitigate a problem, it should be put in place as a starting point, never an ending. That is why we are still dealing with this issue. A shooting happens and everyone says “What now? What’s the fix?”, and some program gets put in place, documents drawn up, and the whole thing is put on a shelf as a reference, and shared with others. Then, it happens again. They add a few more sheets of paper and put it back on the shelf. For this to work, we don’t need another half-baked “response plan.” This needs to be the full-on counter to the problem. Having the knowledge of what an active shooter situation is is fine. Running thru an active shooter drill is better, because at least those in harm’s way know more about what to do should that time come. What we need to put in place is an Active Defender Program. This group of defenders, at whichever school they are working with, meet every other week, or weekly. Daily, if that’s what it takes. Bring up and discuss security concerns and breaches, bring to light students who appear to be troubled or on edge. Talk to those students, find out what is going on. Engage them in a meaningful way before the defender-mode is needed.

    Another issue that I have noticed…I looked up the data. Almost all of these shootings that take place on public school grounds, are done by students of that campus. Currently attending/enrolled students. And in almost every case, none of them are of an age that allows legal ownership or possession of a firearm. Most of the shooters are between the ages of 12 and 15. The youngest I found was 6. The oldest were 18-20. We all know that long guns are legal after the 18th birthday, and handguns after the 21st. Younger than 18, their names cannot even show up on an ATF 4473. Transfer must go to a parent or legal guardian who can pass the background check. Likewise, in almost every case, the weapon used was legally purchased by the student’s parent.

    That being said, we need a way of making parents get involved, because once Timmy, Jr. walks out that door with Dad’s 9mm in his backpack, a minimum of 2 serious firearms laws have been violated: Unauthorized/Illegal possession of a firearm by a minor; and, failure to secure a firearm away from a minor. Yeah, it’s bad enough that the shooters’ families have to go thru the remainder of their lives living with what their child or sibling did. But, the parents should not be held blameless. They are suppose to be the responsible adult party to that weapon’s possession.

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  10. Barb G. 26 May, 2018, 20:21

    Arming teachers that work at the schools is something that should have been done years ago, it would have saved a lot of lives. The fools that are against arming the teachers as well as other members of the staff have never been in the middle of something like this. Unless they have been there and have had to dive for cover while bullets fly none of them will ever understand. They need to be ignored that includes the politicians that use school shootings as a way to gain votes pushing for gun control.

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  11. Activist 26 May, 2018, 21:36

    I find the Psychological testing requirement to be Constitutionally repugnant! If the teachers are not responsible then they should not be in the schools now with students. Further, it sets a dangerous precedent that people with firearms around children must be psychologically tested to prove to government that they are of sound mind. Completely unacceptable!
    Otherwise an interesting article.

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  12. Will 27 May, 2018, 11:20

    I was very disappointed to see that there was no consideration of the method that Israel used to stop school shootings permanently and once and for all… metal detectors manned by LEOs at entrances. Simple, effective and less expensive than much of what was suggested above. Americans need to think outside the box… and think much less expensive.

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