Rethinking School Lockdowns

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Rethinking School Lockdowns

I’ve subscribed to Gmail alerts pertaining to “active shooter” and “lockdown” for the past year, and I receive about ten (10) articles pertaining to each of these subjects every day.

Each and every day, across the USA, schools go into lockdown for no good reason — frightening kids and parents.

Schools refuse to tell parents what’s happening, kids text their moms and dads goodbye, numerous police agencies surround and storm school buildings wearing military-style (or black) clothing, (black) masks, and carrying military assault weapons, which they point at innocent people.

Many people are beginning to rethink the policy of locking down schools and frightening kids and their parents, especially when schools are locking down for no good reason.

People are beginning to suggest, and many police agencies are beginning to agree, that schools should evacuate students rather than order them to “shelter in place”, which I agree is a much better idea.

Below I’ve linked numerous, interesting articles pertaining to this rethinking of lockdowns, many of which I discovered via my aforementioned Gmail alerts.

My own opinion of the active shooter lockdown phenomenon is that the federal government — in cooperation with media, state and local governments, and the military — is purposely frightening kids and parents (and the general population) as well as training (=conditioning) them (and all of us) to submit to armed masked men (see video embedded at bottom for more on this).

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DHS Active Shooter Preparedness

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aims to enhance preparedness through a ”whole community” approach by providing training, products, and resources to a broad range of stakeholders on issues such as active shooter awareness, incident response, and workplace violence. In many cases, there is no pattern or method to the selection of victims by an active shooter, and these situations are by their very nature are unpredictable and evolve quickly. DHS offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters.”

Read more: DHS Active Shooter Preparedness – http://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness

See also: IS-907 – Active Shooter: What You Can Do - http://emilms.fema.gov/IS907/index.htm

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What do campus lockdowns cost Connecticut?

“See something, say something” has evolved from what was once just a motto in a world reeling from terrorist attacks and mass shootings to an accepted course of action any time something suspicious occurs…”

Read more: What do campus lockdowns cost Connecticut? – http://www.middletownpress.com/general-news/20131220/what-do-campus-lockdowns-cost-connecticut

Campus Lockdown Situations in Connecticut Bring Significant Costs

“Noted criminal defense and civil rights attorney Norm Pattis believes that police response to recent events has been a “grotesque overreaction.”

“It’s a question of balance—and I think we have reached a consensus in this society that it’s okay for the state to have an overwhelming amount of force and show it in response to even the most remote threats,” he says, referring to 9/11, Columbine and Newtown as events that have caused the public to acquiesce to government overreach and surveillance. If it continues, Pattis worries about a loss of personal liberties, and foresees dire consequences. “I think the state’s spinning out of control and until a few innocent people get killed or traumatized, nothing is going to change,” he says…”

Read more: Campus Lockdown Situations in Connecticut Bring Significant Costs – http://www.connecticutmag.com/Blog/Connecticut-Today/December-2013/Campus-Lockdown-Situations-in-Connecticut-Bring-Significant-Costs/

More campuses lock down amid gun and bomb scares

“Within the last month, threats and worried 911 calls have sent tens of thousands of students into hiding in dorms and classrooms at campuses as diverse as Yale University, North Carolina Central University and Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn.

“The spate of campuswide lockdowns has drawn attention to the practice, which security officials say they increasingly rely on…”

Read more: More campuses lock down amid gun and bomb scares – http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-lockdown-20131217,0,7760583.story#ixzz2nkR5IXgi

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What Exactly Are Lockdown Drills Teaching Kids?

Lockdown Nation

“We routinely terrify and traumatize kids to spare them terror and trauma

“Every day in this country, a school goes into lockdown after a bomb or a gun threat, a neighborhood crime or domestic dispute, or a false alarm…”

Read more: What Exactly Are Lockdown Drills Teaching Kids? – http://tinyurl.com/pdmwlt6

Post Newtown, elementary schools reject the traditional lockdown

“In the past, most teachers were told to lock classroom doors and hide their students if a gunman entered the school. But over the summer, the federal Department of Education endorsed a more aggressive approach, encouraging teachers to evacuate their kids from the building, barricade doors, and even “incapacitate the shooter,” if possible.”

Read more: Post Newtown, elementary schools reject the traditional lockdown – http://news.yahoo.com/post-newtown–elementary-schools-reject-the-traditional-lockdown-162931633.html

Schools, law enforcement looking beyond lockdowns to keep students safe

“Accepted notions about sheltering in place and hiding behind locked doors in the event of an armed intrusion are suddenly being questioned.

“And some school districts and law enforcement agencies are beginning to consider other options, such as evacuation or active resistance, to make it harder for a shooter to take innocent lives…”

Read more: Schools, law enforcement looking beyond lockdowns to keep students safe – http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/schools-law-enforcement-looking-beyond-lockdowns-to-keep-students-safe/article_b9c90fe9-a171-5cc7-9eff-6d02be6a5bff.html

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New training rethinks actions in school shootings

“All they could do was curl up. Some hid under desks. Others sat stoically, waiting for the man portraying a shooter to come into the classroom.

“It was silent in between each of the 32 shots. No one resisted. No one tried to run. No one even thought to call 911…”

Read more: New training rethinks actions in school shootings – http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-12-15/new-training-rethinks-actions-school-shootings.html

ALICE training for schools grew out of mounting casualties in Columbine

“Sandy Hook was just another accelerator,” he said. “After every one of these events I’ve seen that gas pedal pushed a little bit more. After Sandy Hook it just got floored and the momentum shifted from passive to proactive. It was phenomenal…

“At Sandy Hook, many children were shot as they tried to hide.

“People died sitting down. But why were they sitting down when they were killed? Was that a natural response or was that a conditioned response. I’ll tell you, in my opinion, it was a conditioned response because that’s what they were trained to do to stay safe.”

Read more: ALICE training for schools grew out of mounting casualties in Columbine – http://www.ohio.com/news/alice-training-for-schools-grew-out-of-mounting-casualties-in-columbine-1.452875

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ALICE Guidelines

“ALICE is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. It is not designed to be sequential, but rather give a victim options in an active shooter situation in a public place.”

According to ALICE guidelines:

Alert — Use plain and specific language. Avoid code words.

Lockdown — Barricade the room. Silence mobile devices. Prepare to evacuate or counter if needed.

Inform — Communicate the shooter’s whereabouts. Use clear and direct language.

Counter — Counter is an absolute last resort. Move, make noise. Throw objects to distract the shooter. Use body weight and gravity to gain control.

Evacuate — Break windows from the top corner. Move to a rally point. Keep hands visible and follow law enforcement commands.

On the Web: More info at http://AliceTraining.com

School kids need lockdown training

“Forty-eight hours before a high-school senior in a suburb of Denver burst into his school, shooting a student and then killing himself, a concerned mom asked, on Slate magazine, whether American school kids should be subjected to routine lockdown drills.

“Her timing was impeccable…”

Read more: School kids need lockdown training – http://www.mydesert.com/article/20131217/OPINION01/312170030/School-kids-need-lockdown-training

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Active shooters in schools: How far have we come since Sandy Hook?

“I contend that 12/14 might be the 9/11 for parents and educators of young children — and for police and security professionals charged with protecting those innocent lives.”

Read more: Active shooters in schools: How far have we come since Sandy Hook? – http://www.policeone.com/active-shooter/articles/6666083-Active-shooters-in-schools-How-far-have-we-come-since-Sandy-Hook/

Examining a year of fallout from Sandy Hook

Mental Health Reporting

“Savvy street cops need only a glance at Adam Lanza’s photograph to know he was a seriously disturbed young man. A few months after the Sandy Hook massacre, I posted a column dealing with police interaction with disturbed individuals. We have not seen involuntary commitment statutes change, but I’ve heard reports some jurisdictions are granting police officers a bit more latitude when they encounter the potentially dangerous individuals our society no longer institutionalizes.

“Lanza’s story is just another sad chapter in our desperate need to identify, constrain, and treat disturbed individuals.”

Read more: Examining a year of fallout from Sandy Hook – http://www.policeone.com/active-shooter/articles/6666064-Examining-a-year-of-fallout-from-Sandy-Hook/

Fairfield, Connecticut 12/09/2013 – Another Sandy Hook Prevented?

PD: UNH lockdown suspect visited Fairfield school before campus scare

“William Dong, 22, of Fairfield, faces multiple weapons charges after he was found on the UNH campus with one loaded handgun on his person and another inside his laptop case on Dec. 4.

“Before he was taken into police custody, a 911 caller spotted Dong, who has a valid pistol permit for the two registered handguns, get out of his Toyota Rav4 with a long rifle at the Shop Rite and then “sprint toward” the nearby UNH campus.

“When police searched Dong’s Rav4, they said they found a Bushmaster 223 assault rifle with collapsible stock inside the vehicle. There were six magazines and at least 150 bullets in the car…

“Following the incident at UNH, officers searched Dong’s home, where they said his bedroom door was padlocked and officers recovered 2,700 rounds of ammunition.

Investigators also found several newspaper articles of the Aurora, CO shooting where 12 people were killed and 70 were injured during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises at a Century movie theater.

Read more: PD: UNH lockdown suspect visited Fairfield school before campus scare – http://www.wfsb.com/story/24174011/unh-lockdown-suspect-visited-fairfield-school-before-campus-scare

VIDEO – The Dark Knight Massacre Ritual! IT’S ALL CONNECTED – http://youtu.be/Y-zRSLWLSqo

VIDEO – SANDY HOOK – CREATING REALITY: A TNN Redux of a Sofia Smallstorm Presentation – http://youtu.be/oqu5Yu6AdQY

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8 Responses to Rethinking School Lockdowns

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  2. Many great points here. I am about to release an article on lockdowns at http://www.foodforthethinkers.com.

  3. Pingback: Lockdown Lunacy: Schooling for Life in a Police State | Foodforthethinkers's Blog

  4. KIPP Academy lockdown sparked by person carrying tripod: http://youtu.be/ZJ7kMaBwUL0 via @YouTube

  5. “Current thought in emergency management in “active shooter” incidents is to use the “shelter in place” or “lockdown” approach. Any such variation of this is based on a fundamentally flawed premise—that taking a defensive posture is the best course of action.

    “But most of us know instinctively that the best defense is a good offense.

    “Let’s take a public school as an example. Current protocols are based on the concept that children should be corralled into a classroom or other space where there can be a barricade placed between the target and the threat. The idea is that the police will arrive soon and take care of the threat.

    “Yet when you examine most of these shootinga you see that they are not terminated by the police. The police have all this SWAT equipment and training, but the reality is that they seldom get there in time. And the gunmen know this.

    “Let us propose an alternative, not to be used to replace the “lockdown and wait for help” approach but as an adjunct to that strategy….”

    Read more: A better way of dealing with “active shooters” than “shelter in place”? http://www.beaufortobserver.net/Articles-NEWS-and-COMMENTARY-c-2014-04-06-272071.112112-A-better-way-of-dealing-with-active-shooters-than-shelter-in-place.html

  6. Stanford lockdown drill leads to controversy [VIDEO]

    STANFORD, Ky. (WKYT) – Stanford Police showed up unannounced at Stanford Elementary for a surprise lockdown drill on Wednesday morning. Officers with guns went throughout the school, in what they call rapid deployment. The police chief tells WKYT that these drills are important to make sure they’re ready to respond in an emergency. Others, though, were upset.

    Police say the drill went fine and they posted some pictures to Facebook. That’s when some of the controversy began. Some people commented that parents should be aware of these drills. Others said that they didn’t think the children should be exposed to firearms…

    Read more: Stanford lockdown drill leads to controversy – http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Stanford-lockdown-drill-leads-to-controversy-254808221.html?ref=221

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