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April 2004 Edition


Safety Bulletin: April 2004
Death, Drugs and Violence:

The other curriculum



Monthly Safety Bulletin Providing information to Promote safe Schools and organizations


1. Death, Drugs and Violence: The other curriculum

School Violence appears to be on the risk.  Many agencies are reporting this information although statistical inform will be months coming to confirm this.  Below are just a few pulled out of the news.  For more information on 03/04 school related violence click here.

  • Last month a 14 year-old student lured his friend into the restroom of their Miami, Florida school and  repeatedly stabbed him. After the assault, he went to class as if nothing had happened while his friend bled to death.

  • Last week, also in Miami,  a 5 year-old took a bag of marijuana to school and was seen sprinkling it on his friend's lasagna as if it were oregano.

  • On the same day in Indianapolis, a 4 year-old took a bag of crack cocaine to his school to show to his friends.

  • While in Houston, a brown Mercury sedan cruised slowly past Alta school and the back seat passenger pointed a silver gun and fired through the front door. About 200 students were in the school at the time but none were injured.

And the violence is not confined to students nor to the United States. New Zealand has convened a national discussion after recording over 500 assaults on teachers last year. This same wave of violence has hit Jamaica where the United Nations has taken note of it and sent a delegation to help.


Is the situation hopeless? NO! Among others, Keys To Safer has essential training available to your staff and students to help prevent the violence. Contact Keys today to see what you can do.




2. Two Conferences With International Impact


Canada Conference

May 25-28 Keys is holding the first Canada National School Violence Prevention Workshop and Conference.  Hockley Highlands Inn and Conference Center in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada is the site for this important event. Registrations are coming in daily from across Canada, the US and beyond. 


June 14-15 is the following conference.  This is the 4th Annual Conference on School Violence Prevention in Orlando, Florida. Featured guest speaker is Mike Karpela, a 15 veteran of the National Police of Finland. Mike will discuss Risk Management for schools from a Overseas perspective and introduce the International School Safety Association to America. In addition to registrations from across the US, registrations have come in from Jamaica, Columbia and South Africa.

For several years Keys has been working with individuals and agencies in other countries, now you can join in an international event by attending one or both of these conferences.



3. Appreciation Special - FREE handouts from our

"Collection of Valuable Handouts Booklet"

Due to your overwhelming response to Keys Appreciation Special we have extended yet again.  As a way of giving back to those who read, support and provide information for this exciting and informative Newsletter we will provide a web link.  This web-link will allow you to download all our handouts included in our Book called "Collection of Valuable Handouts".  Keys routinely sells this for $19.95 but it will be Free for another month.  Feel free to pass this information on to all that might benefit from these valuable handouts.  They deal with topics like;


* How to break up a fight               * Check list of a Safe School   

* Anger Management Techniques (4 ways)         * Bullying

* Managing a Escalating/Hostage Situation   * Adolescent Depression 

* Oppositional Defiant - Behavioral Responses (Checklist)

Articles This Month

- Death, Drugs and Violence:
  The other curriculum

- International Event

- Appreciation Special -
Handouts all Month
- Last Call: Ft. Myers, FL.
  Assessing the PDS, T-t-T

- Unknown Chemical in your
   School/organization -
   What to do?

- Tip for Students:
   How to show Respect
- No Sticks, No Stones, No
- Who has Keys Served?
- Tip for Parents: How you see it.
- Wisdom in a One Liner
- Tip for Teachers: How Gangs
   Communicate Non-verbally
- Up Coming Training Calendar
- Can you be Sued?
- What Others say about Keys
- Co-Sponsor a Training in your
area & obtain a FREE Slot
- New! On-line checks accepted
- And more...

- Info about Keys
- Past Newsletter Issues
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- Submit Articles
- Advertise: New This Year!

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4.Last Call for Ft. Myers: Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS)

This training is almost full and there are only a few more days to get your registration locked-in. The deadline if April 17, 2004 to obtain the Early Registration discount.   Ft. Myers, Florida will be the site of the next Training-the-Trainers: Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS). This event is hosted and co-sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University. Another key co-sponsor includes Collier County (Florida) Schools



5. Emergency: Unknown Chemical in the School.


Is it a terrorist attack or an industrial accident??  If it is your school or organization, it does not matter; what is important is that you know what to do immediately to save lives and minimize the chemical's effect. 


Frank Green, LPC (retired Military Officer) co-founder and Executive Director of Keys To Safer will discuss this important issue as a Key Note Speaker at the 16th Annual Conference of SEMA/MEPA (State Emergency Management Agency and Missouri Emergency Preparedness Association).  Mr. Green's presentation is unique in this field on two key points; First, he speaks from first hand knowledge of international terrorists and counter measures. Second, he provides very practical actions that participants can take back to their school/organizations and apply immediately.




6. Tips for Students: How to Show Respect


If you don't stand up for yourself, no one else will. This is the rule of the day according to television, movies and your peers. But RESPECT for others will go a long way toward helping you reach your goals and living without conflict. Here are some ideas you might try:

  1. "Please" and "Thank you" are magic words, use them a lot. 

  2. Try saying "Excuse me" rather than "Hey! Get out of the way."

  3. Act as if your teacher is actually in charge of  the classroom.

  4. Listen and wait your turn to speak.

  5. Hold the door for someone and let them go in ahead of you.

  6. Forget all the words you know that put others down.

  7. Imagine how people would treat you if you were the most important person in your school, then treat other students that same way.

  8. Try starting a Student lead, Student run S.A.F.E. Chapter with like minded students

It may take awhile, but others will catch on and the respect you give will come back to you.  Tell us your respect stories, then look for them on our website -->click here.




7. No Sticks, No Stones, No Dissin'   


Yes, this means that we as adults need to set the example.  This is the theme for the "National No Name-Calling Week" at Gautier Middle School in Mississippi. Students wore different colored T-shirts on each of the different days of the week, such as, yellow on the "Golden Rule Day." Other schools across the nation emphasized "No Name-Calling" as a way to reinforce that words can be just as damaging as sticks or stones, regardless of the old saying to the contrary. In reality, the pain from a stick will stop in a few minutes, the bruise from a stone will go away in a few days, but the pain from cruel words can last a life time. It would be good for all of us who work with young people to remember this every day, beyond this special week. One of life's greatest rewards is to have an adult say to you that something you said when he or she was child made a tremendous difference in their life. They never forgot it; and we never remember it. Let us always be careful that our words to children encourage them to use respectful words to others.


To learn more about a campaign and a training program based on respect, go to: If you would like to attend a Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Michigan, Toronto or Texas click on these names or check the calendar at:




8. Who has Keys Served?


In answer to an often asked question about who uses Keys To Safer services, this partial list is offered to demonstrate that Keys is dedicated to serving all schools /organizations, great and small, in the struggle to create a safer schools, work-places, organizations, homes, communities, states and more. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Houston Independent School District * US Navy * International Association of School Safety Professionals, Sweden * BBC Radio * Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Bakersfield, CA. * Austin Independent School District * Regional Offices of Education, Illinois * The Ministry of Education, Japan * Broward County Florida School District * YMCA * National Evaluator's Training: International Resource Group, Ltd. * Fort Worth Police Department * Big Brothers, Big Sisters * Henderson State University * The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind  * The Arkansas School for the Deaf * The FCCLA of Missouri * The Arkansas Counselors Association * Safe and Drug Free Conference of Louisiana * Mobile County Alabama School District * Manatee Technical Institute, FL. * Jackson Mississippi School District * Rogers Arkansas School District * Educational Service Centers & Cooperatives in many states * Royal Canadian Mounted Police, of Canada * US Department of Defense Schools * Walt Disney * City of Hot Springs & Garland County, AR * Public Agency Training Council * Diocese of Shreveport Catholic Schools * Miami/Dade County Florida School District * CORE: Coalition for Residential Education * State Department of Eds * Individual and agency clients in Great Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Canada, Jamaica, Columbia, Russia, Nigeria and many more. Keys has made presentations to organizations, schools with a student population of 200 K-12 and to conventions with over 3000, as well as national radio and television appearances. 

If you would like to have Keys at your school/organization or if you would like to join this team of dedicated experts, contact Keys by email today.



9. Tip of the Month for Parents:  How you see it


The Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from space. It truly is a Wonder of the World. Its magnitude draws visitors from all over the world and has for thousands of years. All visitors stand in awe as they see the Wall for the first time. It is almost a positive fact that if you had been around during its construction, you would have heard the builder complain about an individual stone that was not aligned properly. He probably never stood in awe as today's visitors do. As parents, we all too often focus on the bad grade, the messy room or the loud music. As the builder of the Wall, perhaps we should take time to look with awe at our marvelous creation--then let our kids know that we think they are awesome. Well deserved and well placed praise will be rewarded with performance far better than either the carrot or the stick.  To obtain a download of ideas that might be helpful pdf handout --> Click here



10. One-liner of the Month:


Your Imagination is your only Limitation.


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





Throwing Gang Signs
Gangster Disciples sign
Gang Graffiti

11. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  How Gangs Communicate Non-verbally


Gang Members communicate in a variety of means that do not involve speaking. 

The following are examples of their non-verbal techniques.

  1. Hand Signs - will throw up their sign, while throwing down rivals.

  2. Tattoos - Can have signs of their knowledge

  3. Graffiti - Will be in the form of the gang symbol or will disrespect rival by x out.
                  Rule: Report it, Record it, and Remove it!!

  4. Representing - To the Left: Blood or People  To the Right: Crip or Folk

  5. Jewelry - May take the shape of 6 point or 5 point star or playboy bunny.

To learn more click on numbers to other articles --> 1,2.  Need Gang Intervention Training?  Let Keys help
---> click here




12. Training Opportunities


Training for StaffMark these on your calendar and register today or call or email to set up a training at your school or in your community.




  • Osage Beach, MO; April 11-14, 16th Annual SEMA/MEPA Conference on Crisis Preparedness

  • Ft. Myers, Florida; May 6-7, 2004 - Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student:  Co-Sponsored by

    • Florida Gulf Coast University - Douglas E. Carothers, Ed.D.

    • Collier County Public Schools - Nina Ribinski, Safe & Drug Free Coordinator

  • Bad Axe, MI; May 20-21, 2004 - Bullying Stops When Respect Begins--Training the Trainers.

    Bad Axe, MI; May 24, 2004 -  Anger Management/De-escalation

    • Huron Intermediate School District

  • Orangeville, Ontario Canada; May 25-28, 2004 - Canadian National School Violence Prevention Conference and Workshop

  • Bradenton, Florida; June 10-11, 2004 - Anger Management/De-escalation Training:  Co-Sponsored by

    • Manatee Technical Institute; Teresa Herbst, Health and Safety Officer

  • Orlando, Florida; June 14-15, 2004 - National Conference on School Violence on Homeland Security-- Bio/chemical terrorism

  • Fort Worth, Texas; July 19-20, 2004 - Bullying Stops when Respect Begins:  Co-Sponsored by

    • Fort Worth Police Department

  •  and more...  check our Calendar of Events page

Schedule or Co-Sponsor a training for you School or Community--email or call (800)504-7355




13. Can you be sued?


The quick answer is, "YES!" Most school staff members feel safe from legal action because their state legislature has enacted Tort Reform laws to protect them. However, our legal system is built on the strength in loop holes. At last count there were over 250+ lawsuits pending against Districts, Administrators, Board Members and other school staff across the United States.


A good place to find some of the past cases of note is at One of the legal principles being employed to bring suits is found in Harris v. Canton where the court found that a government agency failed to provide training that was reasonably available to its employees and that not having that training contributed to death or injury. This comes up quite often when a student is injured by another student. Is there training reasonably available to help schools prevent or mitigate such violence? If you have questions about your staff's training, please contact Keys or visit our List of Trainings to determine how we may meet your needs.



14.  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. To read some comments click here ->



15. 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-sponsoring one of these trainings in your area.  We will bring the training to you and provide you with a Free Slot.  This would cut travel costs, hotel expenses, work days lost travel to and from event, food costs, car expenses, and you get a Free Slot out of it, too.  Again, what we look for in selecting a site are;

  • A site large enough to hold about 50-100 attendees,
  • A school willing to Co-Sponsor it...there are no costs in sponsoring it (see Co-Sponsoring guidelines),
  • Close to an Airport or a hub district for other school districts in the area,
  • A school willing to be a gracious host to others who attend and
  • a willingness to help us get the word out to surrounding schools/organizations in the area.

It is a Win - Win arrangement.  If anyone has questions or desires more information about this training opportunity contact us (800)504-7355.



16. Keys Can Now Accept Your Check On-line

When ordering training, materials or the testers below, you can write a check on-line as simply as writing one at your local grocery store. Look for the "pay by check" option button and follow the instructions. It is easy, it is secure and it is available now. Some of the latest innovations in drug testing are available through Keys and our new check option.

Or 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.



17. Contact Information....

Keys To Safer website is at https://keystosaferschools.comContact: Mike Nelson or Frank Green at or call local (501)847-2596, "toll free" (800)504-7355.


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