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Safety Bulletin: February 2003

State Wide School Lockdown

IN THIS ISSUE:  (if bookmark feature is not supported by your email program,  please curser down to see stories)
  1. Train-the-Trainers - 2/6-7/03 & 2/26-27/03:
      Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student

  2. State Wide Lockdown: Kids are the Keys, A student reports responsibly 

  3. PDS Train-the-Trainers: (Coming to Cabot, Arkansas)

  4. Becoming an Associate

  5. 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence

  6. Lipstick on the Mirror    

  1. Bullying Stops when Respect Begins  

  2. Tip of the Month for Students: How not to be Bullied  

  3. One liner of the month

  4. Tip of the Month: Catch the bully yourself.

  5. What Others Say About Keys To Safer

  6. Co-sponsor A Training In Your Area

  7. Home Drug Tests  -  NEW! 
       Available On-line (see Date Rape Tester)

  8. And more links....

1. Train-the-Trainers: Certification in Assessing the PDS -

Only 2 Trainer Slots remain open for the training in Florida 2/6-7/03. Register immediately. At the door registration may not be possible after these are filled.

This is the training that you have asked for and have been waiting to attend. Previously, Keys staff were the only trainers who could Train and Certify anyone in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student, but due to the increasing demand and the need to reduce costs within a district/organization Keys is making this shift. If you accept our offer to become a Trainer in this program, which features our Nationally used and highly unique Assessment Instrument, you will be one of the first. School Districts/Organizations across the USA have participated in this PDS training and paid for every staff member there. This training will allow your district/organization to train you who can then train and certify your entire Assessment Team without additional training cost. The cost for this train-the-trainers event that will be held February 6 & 7, 2003 in St. Augustine, Fl is only $260.

To Learn about the 2/26-27/03 training in Cabot, Arkansas click here

Added Bonus: This training may make you eligible to become a Trainer in the Keys Associate Program and help us to reach others all over the county who need help assessing their Potentially Dangerous Students (PDS). For more information or to apply, go to:


2. An Arkansas Student Reports a Threat: New York Locks Down.

An Arkansas student entered a chat room on the internet. Soon she was talking with a young man who was a student in New York. For some reason, he began to express his desire and plans to blow up his school and shoot people--just like at Columbine. Being a responsible young lady, she first tried to get him to stop and be reasonable. He persisted. She told her parents then went to her local law enforcement agency who contacted authorities in New York. The young man there was identified, arrested and placed in custody. The Commissioner of Education for New York then issued a warning memo to all 712 school districts about the threat. Schools across the state went into lockdown procedures as a precaution. Not every school had a functional plan to handle this crisis. Does yours? For more details about this story go to:   For more information about developing a workable Crisis Plan, go to:


3. PDS Train-the-Trainer coming to Cabot, Arkansas 

The administration at Cabot School District felt that the Train-the-Trainer seminar in St. Augustine, Florida was so important to their state that Mr. Dalton, Assistant Superintendent has worked diligently to bring this training into Arkansas. In the short time that this training has been announced, the response from across the state (and  beyond) has been tremendous. The link above will take you to a web page with information about the training. Follow the links to find the specifics about the training at Cabot. Responding to your many requests and because the time has been so short, the deadline for the $225 Early Bird registration is extended to Feb 10. This special applies to payment postmarked Feb 10 or earlier only, not to PO's. Credit and Checks-on-line are also available for your convenience. To register go to: 


4. Associates of Keys To Safer -

Are you looking for a way to impact your community or society; are you a professional who wants to expand your possibilities? Keys is looking for Associates to join our team and help spread the word about the Detection and Prevention of Violence available through Keys To Safer If you are interested in helping students and schools to be safer and earning while they are learning, contact Keys today or visit our website for more information.

"I am retiring this year and I don't want my 35 years of experience to just stop and be wasted." This is quote from school counselor who recently signed on. Maybe you share this sentiment. Join the Team.


5. 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence

The 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence is scheduled at the Ramada Resort Maingate (just outside a popular theme park that features a large Mouse) for June, 16-17, 2003. Plan your vacation/family travel time now. Bullying will be the central theme this year.  Negotiations are being finalized with the presenters and will announced soon. This conference will provide two days of dynamic information that can be used in your schools immediately. This is an excellent opportunity to combine a family vacation with CEU credits and a Business Expense Trip. The Ramada Resort has proven to be an super host in past years and we look forward to another great time. Mark your calendars now for this summer's conference. or


6. Lipstick on the mirror

A school principal relayed this story of inappropriate behavior. The Middle School girls had developed a bad habit of refreshing their lipstick then kissing the large mirror above the sinks in the restroom. This left an unsightly mess and violated the student handbook. He sent several Memos to class for the teachers to read, admonishing the girls to stop. Finally he had a group of girls assemble in the restroom for one last lecture. He invited Mr. Jones the school janitor to join them. He spent several minutes explaining the difficulty of the issue and his futile attempts at correcting the problem. He then told them that he wanted them to see the impact of their actions on others. He explained the increased difficulty that Mr. Jones faced every day cleaning that mirror, but knowing that a demonstration is more powerful than words, he asked Mr. Jones to demonstrate the effort he expended daily. Mr. Jones put on rubber gloves, removed a cloth from his cleaning cart and dipped it in the toilet nearest the mirror and began scrubbing. After this demonstration, there were no more kisses left on the mirror.  Tell us your story and look for it in up-coming issues - click here!


7. Bullying Stops When Respect Begins - Training, Train-the-trainers, and Assemblies 

Did you know that 75% of all students in the United States have been the victims of a bully or that 25% are currently under the influence of bully? Did you know that bullying is not limited to students? Are you aware that bullying takes lives, victims, bullies and by-standers? These and many other aspects of bullying are brought out in the train conducted by Keys. The title of the program also explains its primary thrust, "Bullying Stops when Respect Begins." If your school is struggling with bullying issues and you are not sure what to do, contact Keys today. If your school does not have a bullying problem, go back to the top of this paragraph and read it again.


8. Tip of the Month for students: How not to be bullied
  1. Be (or at least act) confident.  Bullies seek out those who are unsure of themselves.
  2. Talk to the bully. Not while he is pounding on you or in front of a crowd.  Let him know how you feel.
  3. Avoid Bully Hangouts. If you are always bullied in the restroom, find another restroom, another time to visit it or go when there are adults present.
  4. Tell a teacher or trusted adult. Not only when you are being bullied but when you see others being bullied. If he bully gets help before he gets to you, you have stopped yourself from being a victim.


9. One-liner of the Month:

"Learn from the mistakes of others.  You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."
contributed by

Linda Woodson
4th grade Counselor
Lake Hamilton Intermediate School

Send us your favorite one-liner today and look for it in future editions.


10. Tip of the Month: Don't wait to be told, catch the bully yourself.

  • Be where the bullying takes place.

  • Ask for help from parents and other volunteers to supervise playgrounds, buses and other bully hotspots.

  • When you see bullying take place, talk to the bully without involving he victim.

  • If you must interview both, always talk to the bully before talking to the victim.

  • Keep records and pass your observations to other teachers, parents and administration.

  • Develop functional anti-bullying policy.

For help in putting together a bullying program for your school, contact Keys today.


11. What Others Say About Keys To Safer -


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What Others Say About Us! The best advertisement is word of mouth. We truly appreciate the many kind and encouraging words said about us by those of you who have attended one of our training's or received another service from us. Those who are considering one of our services might find it helpful to review some of these comments. Please feel free to contact any of them that you recognize. If you have a comment about Keys To Safer and would like to share it with others, please email it to us and we will place it on the site. Here are just a few of the comments:

  • "This [National Conference] is GREAT!  Very practical, easy to use and very timely!
    Sabrana Steger, Paducah, Kentucky [mother of school shooting victim Kayce Steger]

  • "...All presenter were excellent and allowed time for excellent discussion".
    Linda Delaney, Memphis School District, Memphis, TN.  

  • "...The Assessment Model (of the PDS) was very interesting and with the training will be very effective"
    Janice Chiaradonna, Johnson & Wales University, LYNN, MA
  • "The Keys To Safer [International Conference] increased my confidence in managing crisis situations.
    Laura Bishop, Westminster Academy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL [International Conference]
  • "I would like to thank you for emailing me the handouts that I requested. I found all three very informative and helpful, especially the handout on ADD. I have recommended your site to some of my friends too. :)"
    Diane Attard, OASI Foundation-Prevention Officer Gozo,Malta
  • "The topics covered were very good-Exactly what we were looking for! What did you like least about the training? Too little time for so much material."
    School Counselor, IL [Bullying & Conflict Resolution Training]
  • "This is one of the BEST workshops I have attended! I would like for ALL of my teachers and Administrators to attend this. I liked the groups and interaction."
    School Alternative Teacher [Anger Management/De-escalation Training]
  • "The assessment practice exercise toward the end of the day I felt this was very beneficial."
    School Resource Officer (SRO) [Assessment Training Attendee]


12. Co-sponsor a Training Seminar. 

Would you like to have a training event in your school or local area but fear that you do not have the participation or budget to do so? Keys has a program just for you! Co-sponsor an open training event by arranging a meeting place, supplying some equipment for the presentation and assisting us in getting the word out about the event in your area. Keys will do their part. The Co-sponsor will receive two training slots FREE!! It is a Win - Win arrangement.

If anyone has questions or desires more information about this training opportunity, go to (13.) below.


13. Expanded!! Home Drug Tests now Available On-line *Discounted & Falling Prices*
  • Swipe test: 
    So New on the market they are not yet listed. The top four illegal drugs of abuse appear in the sweat and oils of the skin. Now Keys has a test kit that will allow you to swipe a cloth over any surface suspected of being handled by someone on drugs. Then just place the cloth in the bottle and wait 60 seconds. Computer keyboards, free weights, and other surfaces can now be tested to see if someone in your class or an employee has a drug problem. Contact Keys if this product would be of use in your organization.

  • Date Rape Drug Testers: 
    Available for the first time! Keys has made special arrangements with the manufacturer to offer these testers in non-obvious tester to teens and parents who are concerned about the increasing number of people who use drugs to take sexual advantage of others. If you are suspicious of your drink, simply spill a drop on these business cards or coasters and discover in just a few seconds if it has been spiked. Don't let anyone take advantage of you.

  • Alcohol
    Been to a party and not sure if you should drive home? Keys has a saliva based Blood Alcohol Content tester that will let you know if you need a cab.

  • Street Drugs
    Parents, your teen is having problems with illegal drugs and desires to quit or needs your help. Keys can provide you a testing device for up to 10 of the most common street drugs. You can use them in conjunction with your personal family drug policies to help teen follow through and keep their commitment.

  • Juvenile Probation
    You want your clients tested but it is so involved and there are so many rules from the Health Department about handling urine and from the Court about privacy in sample collection. Keys has a tester that uses a saliva swab rather than urine and is just as accurate.

For information or to place an order, go to:

Contact us today at (800) 504-7355 or email us at the address below to set up your account for using Purchase Orders.


14.  Contact Information....

Keys To Safer website is at
Contact: Mike Nelson or Frank Green at or call local (501)847-2596, "toll free"

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