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Detection & Prevention of School Violence

Safety Bulletin: October 2002

Train your own Assessment Team
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  1. Train-the-Trainers 

  2. Another Tragic School Shooting 

  3. SSSS (School Safety Site Survey)   
  4. Money for Training
  5. 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence
  6. Keys in the News
  7. Someone put Something in my Soda! 
  8. Tip of the Month: How to be Prepared
  9. One liner of the month
  10. Tip of the Month: The Rules for Behavior Changes
  11. What Others Say About Keys To Safer
  12. Co-sponsor A Training In Your Area
  13. NEW! Home Drug Tests Available On-line
  14. And more links....

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

This is the National Pilot Training Program 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 (PDS), but due to the increasing demand and the need to reduce costs within a district/organization Keys is making this shift. The size of this class will be limited so apply to attend early. 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 $225. 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: 




Keys is saddened to once again report a shooting on school grounds. A 13 year old boy was critically wounded in the chest and abdomen outside Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie, Maryland this morning (October 7, 2002). Investigators are saying this shooting is related to a string of sniper shootings in and around the Washington, D.C. area. The student was transported to a local hospital by a family member and was to be taken by helicopter to a trauma center. He remains in critical condition. Please send your thoughts and prayers out this young man and his family.




Keys recently conducted a Safety Survey at one of the most secure schools ever visited. The result was over 20 pages of security issues. Even in the most secure of places, there are lapses that we all see and walk past everyday.  The problem is that most of us are too familiar with our own facility and tend to ignore the things that criminals, terrorists, disgruntled employees, suspended/expelled students and vandals would find inviting. Keys To Safer offers a School Safety Site Survey that will provide a view of your facility from a professional, third-party perspective, with the limited budget of public and private schools in mind. The Survey will provide a confidential written report of vulnerabilities that can then be addressed. To find out if your school can be a safer place to learn, contact us by email or phone 1-800-504-7355. Even your inquiry will be held in confidence.



4. Money is available to bring Keys Training to your School

Does your school really need quality, professional training like Keys has to offer but your school simply cannot afford it? Help is available. Target stores has a fund set up to help schools with just such a problem. Keys' staff recently spoke with the management at the headquarters of Target stores and learned that up to $5000 can be awarded per school for the purpose of making your school safer. To learn more or to apply for this grant, go to your nearest Target Store and ask. Additional information is available at: under "community."



5. Annual Conference Planned

The 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence is tentatively scheduled for June 16-17, 2003. The theme is Bullies. We solicit your input for topics, activities and guest speakers you would like to see. If you would like to be a presenter, please contact us for a Presenters Application. The conference will take place in the same location in Orlando. We would like to extend our thanks to the Ramada Resort and Enjoy Florida Hotels for being such great hosts in the past years. As we reflect on the tragedies of the past year, let us look forward to exploring ways to make our schools safer and more secure. Mark your calendars now for next summer's conference.



6. Keys in the News

Keys has been featured in several news venues this summer. Live interviews were conducted by Kansas State University Radio and KCBT Radio out of Dallas, Texas. Fox News featured Keys To Safer and the Conference on the Potentially Dangerous Student in Orlando, Florida. The Arkansas Democrat/Gazette, the state's largest newspaper, wrote a very favorable article about the training done by Keys for the staff and faculty of the Arkansas School for the Deaf. Kansas Public Radio conducted an off-air interview and obtained a great deal of information over the internet from Keys for an up-coming program on Behavior Modification in public schools. And last month, Keys was contacted by the BBC London Office for an on-air interview after the sentencing of the Santana High School shooter about role of consequences in keeping our schools safer. For more information go to our website.



 7. I think something was in my Soda!

Date Rape Drug Testers: A university in Canada recently added something to the welcome packets of all incoming freshmen. It is a small card, about the size of a credit card. Laid casually on a table top next to a soda/drink where a drop can "accidentally on purpose" fall on it, the card alerts the student if that drink has been spiked with the "Date Rape Drug". Available for the first time! Keys has made special arrangements with the manufacturer to offer these inconspicuous testers to schools and parents who are concerned about the increasing number of people using drugs to take sexual advantage of others. The university reports that just having the card with them seems to make the freshmen more aware of the risks of drinking. For peace of mind, order your student a tester at:



8. Tip of the Month: How to be Prepared

  1. Develop a Coordinated Plan (Publish a detailed plan of action for staff. Get outside help.)

  2. Assign a Specific Person to each Task (Insure that every staff member knows his/her role.)

  3. Exercise your Crisis Plan (Try your plan to find gaps and vulnerabilities.)



9. One-liner of the Month:


"Kids won't care that you know until they know that you care."
David Carcich, Associate

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



10. The Rules for Behavior Changes

  • Identify the underlying problem

  • Identify Key motivators

  • Target a specific behavior

  • Involve everyone

  • Write your plan out

  • Specify consequences

  • Use a contract (keep it simple)

To learn more, go to



11. What Others Say About Keys To Safer


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:

  • "Your website has given me support and something to present to the school to help solve this problem (Bullying).  Thank-you for being there."   Pat Dasler, Parent

  • "This [National Conference] is GREAT!  Very practical, easy to use and very timely!
    Sabrina 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]

  • "I like how the training was WELL ORGANIZED with good supporting information"
    School Counselor, KS [Assessment Training Attendee]

  • "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 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*

  • 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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