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January 2006 Edition

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Safety Bulletin: January 2006

A new year arrives

same old issues continue



Monthly Safety Bulletin Providing information to Promote safe Schools, Universities and organizations


1. 2006 Starts with a Tragedy

 January 13, 2006 A 15-year old student was killed at an Orlando area Chris Penley, shot in School Bathroom by a Deputy.Middle School by a member of the Seminole County SWAT team after he pointed a gun at the law enforcement officer. For more details read the article Suicide by Cop?. The student was a troubled teen who had talked about suicide and blowing up a school bus. The gun turned out to be a pellet pistol. From statements he made on the day of the shooting and statements from family, fellow students and neighbors, it appears that he intended to die. While others engage in assessing blame, Keys hopes that the focus of after action probes will center on the question, "Was this incident preventable?"



School Violence Grows among Students and is spreading to Adults.2. School Violence Grows Among Students; Spreads to Adults


Since the beginning of 2006 the following violent acts at schools have been reported:

  • 01/05 Wichita, KS Major fight involving students and adults

  • 1/09 Patterson, NJ Two students stabbed

  • 1/10 Coral Springs, FL Student stabbed

  • 1/10 Sunrise, FL One student slashed another with a razor

  • 1/11 St Louis, MO Two teachers assaulted by students at separate schools

  • 1/11 LaGrange, NY Five students & a father arrested after a fight

  • 1/12 Chicago, IL Three high school students shot by another student

  • 1/12 UK, 40 students involved in a major fight using weapons

  • 1/12 St Paul, Student shot after a fight at a basketball game

  • 1/12 North Little Rock, AR Teacher assaulted by 14 year old

  • 1/12 Detroit, A student's mother stabbed 2 other students

  • 1/13 Detroit, A student fires a gun inside his high school

  • 1/13 Orlando, FL, A student is shot by SWAT - later dies.

  • 1/17 Calumet City, A 17 year old student beaten and stabbed

  • 1/20 Queens, NY Four students hospitalized after a gang attack

  • 1/25 Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, Student enters school with a pellet gun and discharged 8 rounds in a class with students.

For more details, read the Article at Violence Snapshot 2006. Keep in mind that this is only the first two weeks of the new year. It is also only what was reported. The staff at Keys is constantly searching news sources for violent incidents related to schools; however, not all are reported. We need your help. If you know of such an incident please send it to along with references when possible. The more we know the better prepared we can be.


Let Keys help you with violence prevention programs. If you are not sure of your state of readiness, contact Keys to learn more about Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student, Crisis Planning or First Responders Crisis Preparedness, First Responders Coordination In-Service.




3. Terrorism Update:


"The war against America and its allies will not be confined to Iraq…Iraq has become a magnet for attracting and training talented fighters. As for America it is only a matter of time. Planning for strikes is underway and you will see them soon." These are the words from a tape aired 01/19/2006 on the Arabic-language network Al-Jazeera. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) believes it to be the voice from al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden.


Articles This Month

- Student Killed:

 Middle School Student Killed

- School Violence grows

- Terrorism Up-Date:

 Home Grown Terrorism

- School Bus Incidents

- Lawsuit:  Teacher is the Bully!
Dr. Douvanis - Learn more

- Tip for Students:  

Assertive not Aggressive

- Crisis/Emergency Recovery

Returning to Normal

- Tip for Parents:

The 5 P's of Parenting

- Wisdom in a One Liners

- Tip for Teachers:

Avoid Power Struggles

- Up Coming Training Calendar.
- What Others say about Keys
- Co-Sponsor a Training in your
area & obtain a FREE Slot

- Parent's Drug Policy

Parent's personal Policy

- Contact Information

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

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It is prudent for schools to remember that out side the United States, schools have been a regular target for terrorists because they are soft targets with little security, large numbers crowded together daily and injuring children causes more terror than injuring adults. It is also prudent to remember that terrorist cells in the US have been instructed to seek softer targets.


Does your school have a contingency plan for Terrorist Attack? Your Schools' Plan includes a Bio, Chemical and Nuclear Component to it, right?  Does your school have a comprehensive, integrated Emergency/Crisis Action Response Plan that would serve in the event of a Terrorist Attack? Free, "one size fits all" Emergency Plans are available and work well as long as nothing ever happens. If you would like for your school to be truly prepared, review Emergency/Crisis Planning Procedures then call or email Keys today.



4. School Bus Incidents Make News


School Bus IncidentsBus Incidents include:

  • A school bus and a small pick up truck collided head-on in Maine. The driver of the truck was killed and the driver of the bus received a serious leg injury. Students on the bus were not injured but were taken to a local hospital for observation.

  • In Oregon, two holes suddenly appeared in a window next to a coaches head who was riding a school bus. The driver immediately pulled into a convenience store and called 911. Two students later confessed to shooting at the bus with their new BB guns.

  • In Oklahoma students reported seeing someone shoot at their bus although police could not find any physical evidence of the shooting.

  • In Myrtle Beach a school bus driver saw smoke coming from the engine compartment; she immediately pulled into the median of US 17-Bypass and evacuated the bus through the rear door. A nearby bus was dispatched to the scene and picked up the stranded students while the school, police and fire departments handled the bus.

  • In Wales, two students were thrown from their bus while on their way home. It appears they were scuffling and fell against the rear door just as the bus executed turn. Fortunately neither was hurt seriously.

  • In California a school bus was hijacked and taken on a 200 mile ride before the driver escaped. No students were present.

In most bus incidents the drivers reacted the best they could under emergency circumstances. How would your bus drivers respond to an emergency? a weapon? a fight? suspicious behavior? hijacking?


If your not certain about the ability of your school bus drivers to respond appropriately, Contact Keys today for information on Bus Driver Training - dealing with a Hostile Environment.




5. Pay now or a lot more later

August 11, 2005 a Federal Court Jury ordered Tonganoxie (Kansas) School District to pay a former student $250,000. The former student alleged that he was bullied and harassed from the 7th grade until he felt forced to drop out in the 11th grade with school doing nothing to prevent it. An attorney for the District said, “It was a foregone conclusion that we were going to appeal.” The District appealed while the settlement was held and the District was charged interest. On December 22, 2005 the District settled for $440,000 to end the 19 month long legal battle.   Many states are mandating Anti-Bullying Polices due to this trend and they believe schools are not doing all they can to stamp out Bullying & Cyber-bullying.

This lawsuit is the latest in a national trend for students and parents attempting to hold Districts and their Administrators responsible for failing to provide a safe and secure learning environment. The lessons to be learned in this incident are:

  1. Lawsuits are expensive and distracting.  When the legal fees incurred by this District are added into the settlement, the cost of this 1 1/2 years of struggle easily will exceed a half million.

  2. Wrong or right, weigh the odds and cost of prevailing as well as the cost of losing.  Cut and run (back to business as usual) when time and money do not support the probably outcome.  This could still run 1/4 million.

  3. Prevent such lawsuits through proactive policies, procedures and practices that include training staff and students in counter-bullying.  This will cost a few thousands.

School's today are struggling with Lawsuits and what is expected of them in this environment.  Keys has hear your voice and we would like to introduce one of the Newest Members of Keys Multi-Discipline Team.

Gus Douvanis, J.D., Ed.D.


Dr. Douvanis is a Nationally Renowned speaker and presenter on many Legal issues impacting schools and other youth oriented organizations.  He is a Professor of Educational Leadership and Law at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton Georgia, where he also serves as University Advisor for Legal Services and University Ethics Officer. 


He speaks on and teaches courses in;

  • School Law and Ethics,

  • Counselors and School Social Workers and the Law,

  • Special Education Law, and

  • Advanced Law and Ethics

Keys To Safer can provide Counter Bullying for Administrators through the nationally used program Bullying Stops When Respect Begins that deals with Bullying and Cyber-bullying and other services targeting schools needs in this environment. Contact Keys today to learn how you can protect your school from these costly lawsuits.

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6. Tips for Students:  Be Assertive but Not Aggressive

Bullies go after easy targets and look for approval of their actions from others. Every student can make a difference by learning to be assertive:

  • Do not "roll over" for a bully; make it an effort for the bully to have his way.

  • Express displeasure when a bully pulls a prank. Laughing or even smiling at his actions may encourage a repeat.

  • When you see a bully doing "his/her thing" with others, let him/her know that these actions are not acceptable.

Being assertive does not mean being aggressive:

  • Do not fight with bully.

  • Do not gang up on the bully.

  • Do not use abusive language toward the bully.

In time, the bullies will see by your example a better way to get along with others.

  To learn more about responsible students go to Kids are the Keys.



7. Crisis/Emergency Recovery


Phase VII


is a national planning model for Emergency Response/Crisis Response Planning which deals with Recovery Process, that is, returning to normal as soon as practical. Crisis Recovery - Returning to NormalMost people tend to believe that recovery starts right after the emergency or crisis. Actually, the Recovery Process starts before any incident happens with planning, policy development, team building and training. During the Crisis/Emergency, the Recovery Team starts to work immediately taking notes and making arrangements for post crisis/emergency support. Only pre-incident policy and training will produce positive steps toward a recovery that meets the needs but does not prolong the trauma through too much effort.


Does your school have a Recovery Policy, Recovery Team or practice drills? For more information read the article Recovery Process - returning to normal.


If your school needs help preparing for Recovery from traumatic events or Helping Children Displaced by Disaster, contact





8. Tip of the Month for Parents: 5 P's of Parenting


5 P's of ParentingBe Patient. 
The frustration will pass but this will be your child for the rest of your life.

Be the Parent. 
Your child will find and develop friends. But he or she desperately needs a parent.

Be Practical.
Your expectations and demands should challenge but not exceed your child's ability.

Be Positive.
Your child will strive to fulfill your words, good or bad.

Be Protective.
                 Your child needs a safe haven in troubled world; let it be you.


Download a Sample Contract for Parents to use with their children - Download Contact

Having trouble and need one-on-one help - Contact Keys Experts for advice



9. One-liner of the Month:


 "No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave."

Calvin Coolidge (30th US president)

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




10. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  Avoid Power Struggles

The biggest problem with power struggles is that someone must lose. The classroom should not be a place of winning or losing but a place of learning. When conflict develops, resolve it quickly with the goal of providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students--even the trouble makers. Always direct the students attention to the Handbook or other source of rules and policy. Allow them to describe the consequences of their actions. Never take it personally. For many this a huge switch in the manner of approaching classroom problems but after trying it, you may be amazed how much stress has been removed from your life.

For more on this and related subjects, read the article on Anger Management.



11. Training Opportunities


Training for Staff


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





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



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13. 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.



14.  Check out Keys New items on our Drug Test Kits & Devices

pdf download on Drug Tester Prices


Keys has dropped prices on all Drug Tester -  Check it out ---------->


Parents, looking for a way to help your teen stay away from drugs or does your teen already have a drug problem and you are trying to help?  Parent's try using this Mini Digital Alcohol Tester or these Drug Test Kits in conjunction with your personal family drug policy to help your children stay off or away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco.  Parents are you concern about Date Rape Drugs?  Is your young adult going to College and you want to help them.  Keys has Date Rape Tester available now...check them out.  See links below.

We offer:  Also offered are:
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1-drug, Alcohol Saliva Tests and 
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5-drugs Cup , Mini Alcohol Testers.
6-drugs Cup , Micro Alcohol Tester.
6-drugs and, Digital BAC Testers.
9-drugs test kits  Date Rape Testers.

Download Drug Item pdf Flyer:  Click Here

Drug Free Family Pak:  Learn More

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Or for information on large quantity discounts for Schools, Organization, Juvenile Courts, Business or others call Keys for a quote.  Contact us today at (800) 504-7355 or email us at the address below to set up your account for using Purchase Orders.





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