The Wonder Wander

02/26/2018

Dear School Administrator: The next attack on a school is being planned right now. What are you going to do to stop it?

Filed under: Government,News Commentary,Politics — Tom Malley @ 8:33 pm

Given the frequency of school attacks and the length of time it takes to plan an attack, it is almost a certainty that someone, somewhere is planning an attack right now.  It will take many months before any meaningful preventive actions can be put in place on a national level. Therefore, another attack is going to happen.

As  a school administrator and leader, are you comfortable playing the odds that it won’t be your school? If not, you should be taking aggressive action to harden your school as soon as possible. It’s the only action that is within your control. It’s the only action that can be taken immediately. Get help if you need it. Accept the NRA’s offer to help with school security. Don’t overlook any avenue. Get it done.

If your school is next, don’t ask why others didn’t act to prevent it if you haven’t acted yourself.

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Thoughts on Armed School Staff

Filed under: News Commentary,Politics,Uncategorized — Tom Malley @ 8:02 pm

Thoughts on armed school staff:

When looking at possible solutions to a problem, it is always best to have an idea about what the desired outcome will look like. So what would it look like if an armed intruder picked a school where some of the staff were armed? Based on the conversations, it seems like people do not have the same picture of what we expect will happen.

Do we expect armed school staff to go from room to room seeking to engage the attacker? Absolutely not!

Run, Hide, Fight. That is the current recommended plan for responding to an armed attacker in a workplace or school. Run if you can. If you can’t run, hide. If the attacker finds you, then fight with whatever resources you have. This protocol should not change if some staff are armed. If an armed staff member is forced to fight, he or she is more likely to deter an attacker with a firearm than with scissors, books, and chairs.

Are there people who have faced an armed attacker in an office or school and tried to deter the attacker with available material? Those are the people I would like to hear from. What do they think about this question?

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