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March 2006 Edition

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Safety Bulletin: March 2006

March madness

gangs in schools



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



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1. Homeland Security Takes on Gangs

MS-13 Gang MembersHomeland Security, created to keep the US safe from terrorist attacks, this month announced that they are engaged in raiding street gangs. The primary gang of interest is MS-13. This is an extremely brutal gang with ties to Central America with possible military training and rumored alliance with al-Qaida. "Operation Community Shield" netted 375 arrested gang members in 24 states. Crimes included rape, murder and drug trafficking. MS13 is the fastest growing gang and most brutal gangs that law enforcement officials can remember. To learn more about this gang read the article MS-13.

Are you sure that your school is not infected with gang issues? To learn how to intervene with potential gang members, contact Keys today.



2. School Shooting in RenoSchool Shooting in Reno


Pine Middle School in Reno, Nevada was the scene of the latest school shooting on March 14, 2006. Seemingly random, an eighth grader opened fire with a .38 handgun wounding two fellow students. A nearby teacher responded to the gunfire by confronting the student and talking him into laying his weapon on the floor. Read more at Reno Shooting.

Why did the student feel he had to do this? Was the teacher right to confront the gunman? Should the school lock-down or evacuate? Should students use their cell phones during a crisis? If you have these and more questions but no answers, email Keys today or to learn more click here.






3.School Violence Affects Teachers


In Chicago, teachers have quit in mid-year out of fear for their safety. One teacher reported having to use a pipe to control a mob of up to 50 students who had determined to kill another student.


In Waco, Texas Baylor University removed all 17 of its teacher interns from a local high school out concern for their safety. (view the video report)

The problem is not unique to the USA.


In Malaga, Spain over 2,000 teachers staged a demonstration in protest to the rising violence in their schools with a lack of resource for them to address the problem.


**A wise statement: Anything that has ever happened in any school, can and may happen in your school...unless you have taken positive steps to prevent it.**


Let Keys help you with violence prevention programs. If you are not sure of your state of readiness, contact Keys to learn more about;

Articles This Month

- Gangs in Schools:

 How critical is it?

- School Shooting in Reno

- School Violence Affects


- March Madness on the Bus.

- Lawsuit: Bullying Legislation

- Tips for Students:  What Can

You Do About Violence?

- Crisis Drills: Reunification

- Tip for Parents:       What if my

 child is afraid to go to school?

- Wisdom in a One Liners

- Tip for Teachers:

Avoiding Burnout

- 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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4. March Madness on School Buses


March Madness on School BusesAlmost every state reported at least one serious accident or incident with school buses this month. Some had more than one. Buses hit cars, trucks and utility poles. Cars, vans and trucks struck school buses. Buses were shot and shot at. A gunman entered a bus for refuge during a gunfight.


How would your Bus Drivers react? Have they received adequate training on how to handle an;


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. Bullying and the Law


Alaska House Bill 482Alaska House Bill 482 has been introduced by Anchorage Republican Rep. Tom Anderson. If adopted it will require schools to adopt specific policies aimed at eliminating bullying in schools and reporting their efforts back to the legislature through the state department of education. Other states have taken similar actions. Keys To Safer has helped many schools develop policy, train staff and students and held student assemblies on countering the effects of bullying in school.


The Keys' approach is based on practical means that can be implemented with major budget changes. Rather being anti-bully, Keys' program, Bullying Stops When Respect Begins, is aimed at the systems that allow bullying to flourish, The Bully, The Victim, The School, The Parents, and the largest of all The Standby and Do Nothings. Each of these is provided exercises and techniques to help break the cycle.


If your school is trying to meet a legislative mandate or otherwise develop Policy or Programs on Bullying, contact Keys today.

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6. Tips for Students:  What You Can Do About Violence in Your School

  1. Always remember, It is your school!

  2. Stand up for what you know is right.

  3. Join together with other students to develop ways to make your school safer.

  4. Try to work things out at the student-to-student level, but do no hesitate to seek help from a teacher or SRO when situations are dangerous.

  5. Encourage you school to obtain training to counter the violence and bullying in your school.

  6. Involve your parents and other adults that you trust.

  7. Always remember, the good students out number the bad ones.


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



7. Crisis Drill: Student/Parent Re-unification


The Crisis is over. The Fire Engines and Ambulances are returning to their stations. The Police are finishing up their reports. The students can now all go home. There is only one small problem. The students were all evacuated to a nearby church. Parents and concerned extended family members are pouring into the school, clogging the roads, walking around the church calling their children's names. How do you make sure that children find the right parents; are grandparents permitted to take the student; School Evacuationwhat about students who walk and no parent has called for them; older students have their own cars and want to just leave; How do you accomplish all this in a safe and orderly fashion?


Often turning loose of the tiger is more difficult than taking hold of it.


Working with schools for many years, Keys has observed a great deal of difference between what has been planned and what actually happens. The best way to avoid the unexpected chaos is to practice. The first drill or practice should be the Emergency/Crisis Response Team only. That is, those who will be charged with this portion of the Emergency Operations Plan. The procedures should be walked through to determine possible holes. Then practice with the staff only during a staff development day when no students are present. Finally, practice with the students. You might consider making certain students part of your Emergency/Crisis Team and using them to assist in this operation. Every successful athletic team plans, practices, refines and practices again. Emergency/Crisis Response Teams are no different.


As with athletic teams, Coaches are essential to success.  Contact Keys for help in learning how to set up effective Table Top, Command Post and Full Crisis Plan Exercises.





8. Tip of the Month for Parents: What if My Child is Afraid to go to School?

  1. Pay attention to your child. They may be telling you without using words..

  2. Ask.

  3. Offer to go to school with them--temporarily until the issue is worked out.

  4. Talk with teachers privately unless your child says it's OK otherwise.

  5. Reassure your child that things will get better but do not trivialize their problems.

  6. Ask to visit the school to observe.

  7. If a problem is identified, let the school know about the issue in writing and offer solutions.

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9. One-liner of the Month:


"Systems don't change People;

People change People,

but give a good Person a good system and watch them change their world."

Keys To Safer's Official Motto


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




10. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  Avoiding Burnout

Avoiding BurnoutCaring for others is a stressful job. Every year teachers leave the profession due to burn out or to avoid the impending "nervous breakdown." To avoid burnout try these:

  1. Limit setting. Set limits on how much time and how many problems you can and will handle. Stick to it.

  2. Just Say No. Teachers are naturally giving people. So, others will provide you with opportunities to give more than you have.

  3. Take time. A long hot shower or soak can do wonders. Relax both body and mind.

  4. Alternate stress. Since most of your stress is brain based, find a body based stressor to alternate with it. Examples include running, bowling, tennis, camping and so on.

  5. Affirmation. Find a good daily affirmation to remind yourself of who you are and why you chose this profession and how valuable you are to others. Say it out loud to yourself every morning.

Most of all, find a friend with whom you can share your load of concerns, cares, tragedies and triumphs.

Stress Management is part of Keys' training Anger Management/De-escalation.



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



12. 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 ->



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

Mini Digital Alcohol Tester

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:
1-drug strip,   Tobacco Testers,
1-drug, Alcohol Saliva Tests and 
5-drugs, Saliva Drug Tester
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.

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