IF THERE’S A SCHOOL, THERE WILL BE A SCHOOL SHOOTING!
Bold and disturbing words, I’m sure. And no one hopes more than I that I am wrong. That there will never be another school shooting, and somehow politicians, parents, teachers, and school administrators will yank their heads out of their collective asses and take some real, responsible, and ballsy inside-the-box action to anticipate, prevent, and, if a rampage act of hybrid violence (fire, edged weapons, improvised explosive devices, pistols, automatic long-guns, shotguns and/or barricades) does explode in their faces, to minimize deaths and injuries.
I’m not counting on it though. So, yes, someday it is more likely than not that your school will be visited by some sort of outrageous act of violence.
The Rampage Hybrid Violence Scoreboard (Mentioning Only a Few)
- June 19, 2014. A Student shoots another student then shoots himself.
- December 13, 2013. A student dies just 8 days after being shot by another student at Arapaho, Centennial, Colorado.
- October 21, 2013. A 12-year old student kills a teacher and two other 12-year-olds at Sparks Middle School in Nevada. Typically (9 out of 10), the 12-year old commits suicide after.
- December 19, 2012. Who can ever forget Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., when a 20-year-old kills 20 children and 6 staff members?
- April 16, 2007. The deadliest massacre in U.S. history when a single gunman shoots and kills 32 students and college staff and injures 17 others.
WAKE THE HECK UP EVERYBODY
If you’ve been following my posts, you know that these catastrophic and preventable (in my opinion as well as others) have more than quadrupled since 2009. The school year is over, so maybe now is the time to develop a plan and take some positive action. Oh, I know you are talking about doing something in your meetings. Maybe even taking part in discussions with your responding police. Parents, maybe you even wander into your child’s room and try to puzzle out what he or she is doing on his or her laptop, I-pad. All that is good, but I think you have to do more in the way of dynamic & effective (scenario-based) training, security assessment, maybe even upgrade security technology.
Allow me to give you some common traits of the ones who will likely commit the next chain of rampage massacres:
- He will likely be socially withdrawn.
- He will likely feel socially isolated.
- He will have attempted suicide at least once.
- He may have an affiliation with gangs and gang-violence.
- He will have made some serious threats of violence.
- He has a past history of violence, which is the number-one predictor of future violence!
- He has been a victim of violence.
- There is a greater chance that he has been a victim of multiple bullies than of him being a bully.
- He has a festering grudge. Harbors feelings of being picked upon.
- Persecution Complex. He almost always has a hurt he is trying to avenge.
- He has a low school interest and a record of poor academic performance.
- He has a history of uncontrolled anger.
- He has displayed a pattern of impulsive and chronic hitting, intimidation, bullying.
- Very often he will express his intention(s) of violence and/or doom in writing, something like a manifesto.
- Drug and alcohol abuse.
- Disciplinary issues.
- Sudden changes in attitudes, hygiene, attendance, appearance.
- And several others.
Until my next post, stay safe.