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Secur Shade: Instant Decision-Free Lockdown

“We have seen fail rates of 60 % to 81 % during simulations that require individual staff members to make & communicate the lockdown decision “

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With a press of one button, our Secur Shade system simultaneously sends a message indicating a lock down event with its location within the school to previously selected authorities – principal, security officer, police, DHS, etc.

“As a campus safety professional, it’s our responsibility to make sure our students and staff are safe and sometimes it can seem like spending money on the most high-tech solutions is the best way to go.”


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Under everyday use, Secur Shades are raised and lowered manually by a continuous loop, and function as an energy-efficient window shade. They allow natural light in, while keeping outside heat out in Summer, and retain interior heat in Winter. Our system can be programmed to automatically activate every night or weekend. This programming also emphatically identifies any malfunctioning shades and provides greater utilization of the shades’ benefits (privacy, security, heat control etc.).

Listen to Shari Carr, school safety coordinator at Allenbrook School in Williston, Vermont.

For more information, please contact our president, Gordon Clements

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Phoenixes Rising from the Ashes of School shootings.

Jacob believes age is just a number.
This 17 yr old Senior is planning to run for Mesa’s District 3 City Council seat. This isn’t his first go at running for office. At the very young age of 9, Martinez circulated a petition in his elementary school to provide better lunch options. He has already served on the student council since elementary school, elected as student body president at every school he has attended. And to boot, was chairman of the Arizona Teenage Republicans. Impresssive, right?

Jacob Martinez also helped register more than 200 voting-age students HIMSELF. And that’s not all, last year, as a junior, he became involved in the March For Our Lives, a wonderful student activism group for stricter gun laws in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. That one shooting left 17 students and staff dead. March for Our Lives held protests at the state Capitol last Spring, hosted a town hall for gubernatorial candidates in August and so many more events.

“It’s my generation that’s going to be impacted by the decisions that are being made now. We’re the ones that are going to have to face the repercussions and it’s better that we get in there now rather than later.”  -Jacob M. 

Thanks to AZ Central.

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On February 14, 2018, while a Senior at Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida, David Hogg was on campus when a 19 yr old former student at the high school started shooting with a semi-automatic rifle after pulling the fire alarm. David was in his AP environmental science class. He heard the ‘pop’ repeating in the hall, that ‘sounded like gunshots.’ David and other students tried to exit the building, but a janitor instructed the students to go back into the classroom. David credits the janitor for saving their lives. The group of students were unaware that were about to head right towards the shooter. A culinary arts teacher pulled him, as well as other students into a closet. That would change anyone’s life.

David took to social media and used his cell phone to record the scene and to interview the other students hiding in the closet, to leave a record in the event that they did not survive the shooting. That’s powerful.

David’s life changed. As so many other’s did that day. Hogg emerged as a leader in the 2018 United States gun violence protests. Along with Alfonso Calderon, Sarah Chadwick, Emma González, Cameron Kasky and other students, he turned to the media to talk as survivors of the shooting and started using his voice on gun control and gun violence issues. He has called on elected officials to pass gun control measures and has been a vocal critic of officials who take donations from the NRA, and he has been urging them to compromise on legislation to save lives.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for Hogg, he has helped lead several high-profile protests, marches, and boycotts. With his sister, (who also survived the Parkland shooting), he wrote a book titled #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line that made the New York Times bestseller list. And if that wasn’t enough, they have pledged to donate all income from the book to charity.

“What if we taxed guns, made a gun registration process for them and had licensing for owners just like cars? We could use that money to help harden soft targets like schools and many other places with bulletproof windows and doors.” — David Hogg via Twitter

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Emma González

“I don’t remember exactly when I found out Carmen Schentrup was dead. Carmen and I became friends in middle school. We had science together. …We rode the bus together every day after school… At her birthday parties everyone would eat pizza and watch a movie in the Schentrups’ living room, and then after the movie we would all just talk — about school, politics, life. I still have one of her party invitations taped up on my mirror. I found out she was dead on Feb. 15. I think it was the 15th — that’s when The Miami Herald released the names of those who had been killed the day before in the shooting at my high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, in Parkland, Fla. I’d thought she’d only been injured. I remember thinking that very clearly; she has only been injured, don’t worry about her. “ shared Emma with The New York Times

Surviving a horrific event such as this and at the same time, discovering best friends, close acquaintances, teachers, staff and lost friends died, how would that effect YOU?

It changed Emma.

3 days after the shooting, on February 17, 2018, González gave an 11-minute speech in front of the Broward County Courthouse at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In the speech she pledged to pressure lawmakers to change the law. “We are going to be the last mass shooting,” Emma proclaimed. “That’s going to be Marjory Stoneman Douglas in that textbook, and it’s all going to be due to the tireless efforts of the school board, the faculty members, the family members and most importantly the students.”  The most quoted part of her speech was “We call B.S.”  Emma is also a part of March for our Lives advocate group. Also has had many articles published by The New York Times and Harpers Bazaar.

“The people in the government who are voted into power are lying to us … And us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and are prepared to call B.S.”  – Emma González

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“It has been months since the shooting. But whenever one of my friends finds an old picture of someone who died that day, or another shooting happens, or I hear helicopters or one too many loud bangs in one day, it all starts to slip. It feels like I’m back at the vigil, in the hot Florida sun, with volunteers handing out water bottles to replenish what the sun and sadness had taken away. Looking for friends and finding them, hugging them, saying, “I love you.” Looking for friends and not finding them.” –Emma G. via The New York Times

These are just three amazing individuals that have suffered tragedy and are trying to make a difference in the world they live in. True phoenixes from ashes of horrific events. There are SO MANY more amazing young people stepping up and showing us how to change the world for the better. Inspiring, indeed.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission

458 page report just released. Bottom line?
Teachers should be armed. Not less guns, more guns. Yeah, say that out loud. This is not the solution, but let’s hear more.

Is that the solution?
“So what are we saying to people—we’re not going to allow you to defend yourself, we’re not going to allow you to defend the kids—why? Because of some ideology that we don’t like guns? Anyone who thinks they’re going to get rid of guns is crazy,” Gualtieri said. “It isn’t going to happen. We’ve got to do something differently and people should be able to protect themselves.” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the commission.

When the report was released, students, teachers and parents passionately disagreed. Currently, Florida schools are already allowed, under present law, to arm some employees, such as resource officers and/or administrators.

“As a student attending school in Florida, I am appalled that the commission that was established to make schools in our state safer is recommending teachers carry guns,” Juliana Simone Carrasco, a student and volunteer with Students Demand Action said, according to The Guardian.

“I don’t want my teachers to be armed, I want my elected leaders to pass policies to keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous intentions to begin with.”

A program already in trial, is training teachers to carry weapons. It’s called the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, named after the coach who protected students during the Parkland attack. Students vehemently object to the program being named after the coach. The Broward County School Board voted against the program.

“The report carries many other recommendations, including allowing school districts to increase taxes in order to raise money for school security, and requiring mental health providers to notify authorities if a patient threatens anyone. The report also sharply criticizes law enforcement officials who failed to stop the attack. “ – Courtesy of Splinter News 

The report recommends that Florida “expand the guardian program to allow teachers… to carry concealed firearms on campuses for self-protection, and the protection of other staff and students in response to an active assailant incident.”Board members say it’s unlikely that the Broward County School Board will approve the recommendation this time around.

“I am very concerned about arming teachers,” school board member Robin Bartleman told the Sun-Sentinel. “I think it’s a discussion we need to have with the community. I have not found many people in favor of this. The overwhelming response I get is people don’t want teachers with guns.” – Courtesy of Splinter News

Teachers chose this profession to teach. TO educate. To bestow knowledge. Not to be substitute law enforcement. Let’s leave the guns to the trained professionals, and encourage knowledge, remove the threat and let teachers educate our children. The law currently states teachers aren’t allowed to be armed, except current military members, those with law enforcement experience and ROTC instructors.

“The report is not the commission’s final act. It is impaneled until 2023. It will identify areas requiring further investigation and make additional recommendations. Despite the traumatic impact of the massacre, the report says many entities, such as school districts, have been slow to make changes.” -courtesy of The Sun Sentinel 

School Shootings are not new.

The earliest known school shooting in the United States on school property was,  the Pontiac’s Rebellion school massacre on July 26, 1764,

4 Lenape American Indian entered the schoolhouse (near present-day Greencastle, Pennsylvania), shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown, killed 9-10 children (varying reports) and only two children survived the massacre. 

Starting in the mid-1800’s school shooting started to become more prevalent. 1853, 67, 68, 73, 79, 84 and the list goes on. 

What has changed in the present day events is the amount of deaths per shooting. In the 1800-early 1900’s shootings, one to 3 people were shot and not all ended in death. 

Today, the U.S. statistics are staggering.

Annual numbers look like this:
1992-1993 (44 Homicides & 55 Deaths resulting from school shootings)
1993-1994 (42 Homicides & 51 Deaths resulting from school shootings)
1994-1995 (17 Homicides & 20 Deaths resulting from school shootings)
1995-1996 (29 Homicides & 35 Deaths resulting from school shootings)
1996-1997 (23 Homicides & 25 Deaths resulting from school shootings)
1997-1998 (35 Homicides & 40 Deaths resulting from school shootings)
1998-1999 (25 Homicides from school shootings in the U.S.)
1999-2000 (25 Homicides from school shootings in the U.S.) 

2000-2001 (19 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2001-2002 (4 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2002-2003 (14 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2003-2004 (29 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2004-2005 (20 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2005-2006 (5 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2006-2007 (38 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2007-2008 (3 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2008-2009 (10 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2009-2010 (5 Deaths resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)

-courtesy of https://www.k12academics.com/

2011 (5 Deaths, 13 injured resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2012 (41 Deaths 16 injured resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2013 (17 Deaths 34 injured resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2014 (15 Deaths 36 injured resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2015 (20 Deaths 41 injured resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2016 (10 Deaths 15 injured resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
2017 (17 Deaths 28 injured resulting from school shootings in the U.S.)
And currently in 2018 44 Deaths and 81 injured resulting from school shootings in the U.S. -courtesy of Wikipedia

Students who were evacuated after a shooting at North Park Elementary School walk past well-wishers to be reunited with their waiting parents at a high school in San Bernardino, California, U.S. April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

What are similarities of the shooters?

When interviewed by authorities, shooters often told investigators that alienation or persecution drove them to violence. Instead of looking for traits, Secret Service urges all adults to ask about behavior:

1. What has this child said?
2. Do they have grievances?
3. What do their friends know?
4. Do they have access to weapons?
5. Are they depressed or despondent?

One “trait” that has not yet attracted as much attention is the gender difference: nearly all school shootings are perpetrated by young males. Is violence gender specific?

Only 2 female school shooting incidents have been documented. – courtesy of https://www.k12academics.com/school-shootings  

With each new shooting, we have to ask the important question, how can we do the most to protect our children, our educators, our future from murdered? 


Mother and son after Sal Castro school shooting

Returning to school, after a shooting.

 

School shootings are far too familiar for this generation and the young people. Regular lock downs and active shooter drills that are a part of  student/teacher life in the current world.

“Gun control should be taken a hell of a lot more seriously. It should have happened after Columbine, it should have happened after Sandy Hook. I’ve never done anything about it myself, but obviously I feel a lot more strongly now. It gives you a whole new motivation, to fight for ourselves and the people who were killed.” -Lara E.

Mass shootings are a constant threat.  Trauma is effecting our children’s brain patterns.

School shootings don’t just end lives,  they dramatically change the lives surrounding them. We often focus on the victims of mass shootings, mourn their deaths.  Remember, it’s the survivors who are left to pick up the pieces and try to move on from the violence they witnessed first hand.  Survivors develop a form of PTSD.

Almost a third will develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

As mass public shootings, and in particular,  school shootings, continue to happen, our young people and their families are increasingly dealing with their devastating psychological effects.

But how can we help these survivors?

Families and loved ones, NEED to be on the look out for PTSD symptoms and lending a nonjudgmental listening ear. While the average grief tends to lessen with time, PTSD symptoms normally increase as the survivor has time to reflect on the trauma.

“The shooter came for our classroom. He came after he shot those other two people in the hallway. The door was locked, thankfully, but he shot quite a few bullets into the glass and it hit a few people behind me,” student Samantha G. told the TODAY show.

Her best friend was shot and killed next to her.

To learn more about what you can do to help survivors of a traumatic life event, click here.

“I thought someone had dropped something in the kitchen at first. But then I heard more and I went under a high table. I heard more rounds, grabbed my friends and yelled “Get down. This is happening, this is happening right now.”” one survivor said.

It takes a long time for schools and it’s students.  to return to normal. IF they ever do.

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“I heard screaming. I heard about 5, 6 gunshots. We thought they were firecrackers because they sounded like them. And we heard the police yelling and there was banging on the doors. And I saw some bodies. It wasn’t good. One of the bodies I recognized, it was my friend’s teacher,” an unnamed student told CNN.

Together, we should all work to educate ourselves about trauma and its aftermath. Let’s make a commitment to being nonjudgmental and open-minded to helping others through traumatic events. School is hard enough. We’ve all been there. And now our children are in a surprise war zone.

Thanks to Self.com, Today, The New York Times, CNN