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Added April 23, 2014

School Safety Tips

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April 16, 2007 was a sad day for America. Thirty-three people lost their lives, fifteen people were injured and many hearts were broken. The Virginia Tech Massacre took us all by surprise. School is supposed to be safe. It is a place to learn, socialize, and grow.

 

What is happening in our society? How could such a terrible thing take place? Why? These are questions you may have asked yourself. You may wonder what to do if you're ever confronted with a similar situation. How do you respond in an emergency? Are there any school safety tips to prevent such a tragedy?

 

We're not suggesting you walk through life frightened, although we do want you to be smart and cautious. Most people tend to be good human beings, but we must remember that some people can be pressured by their own mental illness to do unthinkable things. Difficult situations, like bullying or traumatic events can trigger such inhumane behaviors. We all need to be aware of the warning signs and school safety tips and procedures.

 

School Safety Tips
Each school should have Emergency Procedures. If you are not sure what they are...ask! If your school does not yet have one in place, encourage them to do so.

 

Here are a few common school safety tips taken from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety: Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.


1. Make an announcement. Be direct to eliminate confusion (lockdown with intruder). Repeat announcement several times.

2. Immediately direct all students and staff into the nearest classroom or secured place.

3. Lock classroom doors.

4. Move people away from windows and doors. Turn off lights.

5. Do not respond to anyone at the door until all clear is announced.

6. Keep out of sight.

7. Building administrator will announce all clear.

 

We all need to take responsibility for our own actions. These events rarely occur without warning signs. If you have information that could turn into a dangerous situation, tell a teacher or administrator immediately. Maybe someone is making a list of the people they don't like, or maybe you overhear someone talking about a weaponif you do, tell!

 

BE AN ACTIVE PART OF THE TEAM TO KEEP OUR SCHOOLS SAFE!

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sweetsani16
sweetsani16
Posted December 17, 2012
now the elementary school sandy hook elementary school is gone too 20 kids in heaven by jesus
20DawgFan07
20DawgFan07
Posted November 29, 2011
Columbine was pretty hard to take in too...
queen supreme
queen supreme
Posted August 03, 2011
Wow! I rememeber when I was in 9th grade we had this lockdown and we had to go to the walls and hide out there and put our hands over our heads and stay at a knee bent position. It was like 20 minutes before we were allowed up and I was so mad because being in that position stopped the blood flow and when I got up oh man my legs were killing me! The worst drill ever:(
BUCK123BUCK
BUCK123BUCK
Posted August 24, 2011
My dad went to Virgina Tech.I remember seeing it on TV.This July 2 14 year old girls attending a camp saw a man with a gun.They never found him.(BTW,my dad thinks only 32 people died as 1 killed himself after killing others.)My dad's history professor who was like 75 was killed.
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