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June/July 2004 Edition


Safety Bulletin: June/July 2004
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Monthly Safety Bulletin Providing information to Promote safe Schools and organizations


1. Money is Available Through US Department of Education


Grant Money available through Dept of Ed.The Dept of Ed has released information for the 2004 Discretionary Grant Application Packages. It is important to note that the deadline for filing is July 9, 2004.

Download the application at:


Grant Writer now Available: Keys would like to welcome a new associate. Dr. Linda Heard is a professional grant writer with millions of dollars gained for her clients and a success rate of almost 90%. If you have been missing out on the services provided by Keys because of budget constraints, contact Dr. Heard today for assistance in finding the money your students and staff deserve.



2. Terrorism Update: Suicide Bombers


Suicide BombersMay 20, 2004 the FBI released a memo to law enforcement agencies warning them to be alert for "possible" suicide bombers in the US. Agencies were told to look for people in bulky jackets on warm days, smelling of chemicals or trailing wires. The FBI went on to warn law enforcement that even if they shot a bomber, the danger was not over as the detonator may activate when the person's grip relaxes. Among other disguises mentioned was a woman who might appear to be pregnant, but the bulging stomach could actually be explosives. Threat analyses have expressed surprise at the lack of suicide attacks thus far inside the US as there are a number of known extremists living here. 


To learn more about protecting your school against the possibility of terrorist attack, go to: and contact Keys for more information.



3. Helsinki, Finland Training  MAP


Keys will be launching its inaugural European/Scandinavian Training Event August 20-23, 2004. Representatives from countries across both Scandinavia and Europe will gather in Helsinki to be trained as trainers in three Keys violence prevention programs, The final day of this training will take place aboard the sea-going cruise in route to Stockholm, Sweden from Helsinki, Finland. Members of the International School Safety Association are encouraged to attend. Others who are interested in bringing these proven skills to your school are cordially invited to attend.


Keys representatives will be in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands August 24-31, 2004.  If you would like to meet with one please email Keys to set up and appointment. 


To learn more -> click here




4. Deadly School Year 

2003-2004 school shootingsThe 2003-2004 school year looks to be the deadliest in many years. Current assessments reveal as many as 48 school related violent deaths in the period August through June. These figures are shocking. These are only the deaths in the United States. When the figures for violent injuries short of death and the figures from outside the US are calculated, this is indeed a shocking trend. 

Articles This Month

- Department of Ed.
  Discretionary Grants

- Terrorism Update: Suicide

- Helsinki, Finland Training
- Deadly School Year
- Emergency: On your Own!
- Tip for Students:
           Responsible Reporting
- Who has Keys Served?
- Tip for Parents: What factors
    place students at risk for
- Wisdom in a One Liner
- Tip for Teachers:   
  Recognizing Possible Suicidal
  Warning Signs
- Up Coming Training Calendar
- What Others say about Keys
- Co-Sponsor a Training in your
area & obtain a FREE Slot
- New! On-line checks accepted
- And more...

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It appears that the media and world in general have been occupied with thoughts of international terrorism and global war and have allowed the turmoil inside our schools to reach a boiling point with little notice. Without the public concern, governments have focused resources in other directions.   We must  become  pro-active  in  detecting   and   preventing directions. We must become pro-active in detecting and preventing violence. To see a partial listing of school violence for the year, go to:

If you wish to take an active role in turning this trend around, contact Keys at



5. Emergency: What if there was a Crisis and no one came?


Calling for help in an emergency"We were on our own for 3 1/2 hours. It is a good thing that we had just had a practice drill on our Crisis Plan." These words were spoken to the Directors at Keys by a Principal whose school was a short distance from a chemical plant that caught fire and exploded. In almost every Crisis Plan reviewed by the staff at Keys, emergency notification is made to first responders with the assumption that they will take care of everything after that. In the case here, as is often the case, the emergency for the school was overshadowed by the the emergency at the plant and on the major highways around it. The phone system was overloaded immediately and all the 2-way radio channels were full of excited people. This one school was on its own until the primary emergency abated enough for them get some help. Is your school prepared to lock-down and shelter-in-place until help gets to you? Have you exercised your Plan? Check out the information at this link:  and contact Keys today.




6. Tips for Students: Responsible Reporting


Students often struggle with whether they should tell an adult about something they have seen or heard. No one wants to be called a tattle-tale, narc or snitch. Here are some guides to help you know when it is Responsible Reporting for you to report something:

1. Is this important?  ----------------------------------->      Report

2. Can you handle it yourself? ---------------------->      Tattling 

3. Will someone be hurt? ----------------------------->      Report

4. Are you not sure? ------------------------------------>      Report

5. Do you want to help someone? ----------------->      Report

6. Do you want someone to get into trouble? -->     Tattling





7. 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.



8. Tip of the Month for Parents:  What factors place students at risk of suicide?

Researchers have attempted to identify situations, experiences, or characteristics that contribute to the likelihood that a child will complete a suicide. When a child has more than one of these factors, the risk of suicide is increased. In addition to mental illness and behavior disorders, suicide has been associated with demographic factors, such as being between the ages of 15 and 24, being white or male, or having a history of attempted suicide. Psychosocial conditions, such as parental loss, family disruption, exposure to suicide, unwanted pregnancy, and particularly, having a relative who has committed suicide are additional factors. Certain biological conditions have also been associated with suicide; these include prenatal factors, decreases in levels of serotonin, and decreases in the secretion of growth hormone, among others.

If you believe your child is suicidal, get help immediately.  You may call your local Community Mental Health Center, by looking it up in the phone book.  To download a handout on Suicide Prevention -> click here.



9. One-liner of the Month:


"Kids can walk around trouble if there is some place to walk to and
someone to walk with."

Ex-Gang member, Tito
(Quoted in McLauglin, Irby, and Langman, 1994)


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





10. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  Recognizing Possible Suicidal Warning Signs  

Depression in teens too often leads to a suicide attempt. But experts say that teen suicides can be prevented by recognizing warning signs.  Here are a few;

  • Talking or joking about suicide.
  • Statements about hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness. Example: "Life is useless." "Everyone would be better off without me." "It doesn't matter. I won't be around much longer anyway." "I wish I could just disappear."
  • Preoccupation with death. Example: recurrent death themes in music, literature, or drawings. Writing letters or leaving notes referring to death or "the end".
  • Suddenly happier or calmer.
  • Loss of interest in things one cares about.
  • Unusual visiting or calling people one cares about - saying their good-byes.
  • Giving possessions away, making arrangements, setting one's affairs in order.
  • Self-destructive behavior (alcohol/drug abuse, self-injury or mutilation, promiscuity).
  • Risk-taking behavior (reckless driving/excessive speeding, carelessness around bridges, cliffs or balconies, or walking in front of traffic).
  • Having several accidents resulting in injury. Close calls or brushes with death.
  • Obsession with guns or knives.

If you believe your student is suicidal, get help immediately.  You should get your school counselor involved in this situation immediately.



11. 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.




  • Trumann, Arkansas (52 miles from Memphis, TN); July 13-14, 2004 - Bullying Stops when Respect Begins:  Co-Sponsored by Trumann Public Schools

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

    Fort Worth Police Department

  • Stuttgart, Arkansas; July 29-30, 2004 - Bullying Stops when Respect Begins:  Co-Sponsored by Stuttgart Public Schools

  • Truman, Arkansas; August 9-10, 2004 - The Alternative Learning Center, A Levels Model - Co-Sponsored by Trumann Public Schools

  • Helsinki, Finland; August 18-23 - Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student and more..., Peace of Mind & International School Safety Association (ISSA).

  • Roanoke, VA.; September 21-22, 2004 - Anger Management/De-escalation Train-the-Trainer.  Co-Sponsored by Roanoke City Public Schools.

  • Bakersfield, CA.; October 11-12, 2004 - Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student Train-the-Trainer.  Co-Sponsored by Kern County Superintendent of Schools & Schoenfeldt and Associates.

  • Mt. Vernon, WA.; October 25-26, 2204 -  Schools, Terrorism and Homeland Security + Workshop to Develop Bio-Chemical Contingency Plans.  Co-Sponsored by Northwest Educational School District 189 & Schoenfeldt and Associates.

  • Bakersfield, CA.; November 15-16, 2004 - Schools, Terrorism and Homeland Security + Workshop to Develop Bio-Chemical Contingency Plans. Co-Sponsored by Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Kern High School District & Schoenfeldt and Associates.

  • Osage Beach, MO; March 28-30, 2005 17th Annual SEMA/MEPA Conference on Crisis Preparedness             

  •  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




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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. 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.



15. 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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