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Detection and Prevention of School Violence

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May 2004 Edition


Safety Bulletin: May 2004
Sugar and Spice and ready to fight!



Monthly Safety Bulletin Providing information to Promote safe Schools and organizations


1. Violence Among Girls On The Increase

Last month we reported that school violence is on the rise. It appears that violence among girls are on the risk as well. At a birthday party in Baltimore, Nicole kissed a boy on the cheek as a dare. At least 6 other girls and possibly 2 adult women then attacked the 12 year-old and put her in the hospital in a coma. Statistics are showing a marked rise in the number of serious violent incidents involving girls. Research indicates that girls fight different from boys; they are more focused on hurting and demeaning their opponent than are the boys. Girls tend to harbor grudges and a desire to "get even" much longer than boys do. Fights and angry outbursts can destroy the learning environment in a school.   To read the full article click here.

To recognize an angry situation before it explodes or to learn how to break up a fight, go to: Management & De-escalation Training



2. Deadline Extended for Canada


Canada Conference

The early-bird registration price for the first Canada National School Violence Prevention Workshop and Conference Has been extended until May 10 May 25-28 are the dates and Hockley Highlands Inn and Conference Center in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada is the site for this important event. Take advantage of the this time extension and register today




3. Orlando Conference: Get 2 for 1


June 14-15 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.


This year, you can get 2 training events on a single trip and enjoy a Florida vacation. June 10-11 is Anger Management/De-escalation, Train-the-Trainer certification training in Bradenton, FL. Stay at the Ramada Resort for both trainings to benefit from the special rates and location. Be sure to register early and get your special code to obtain the conference rate.




4. 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 has passed to obtain the Early Registration discount, but if you have 1 or 2 who want to attend, call or email for assistance.   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

If your school or organization would like to co-sponsor this training at your location, contact Keys to learn how simple and cost effective this option can be.



5. Emergency: Trouble On The Bus

Articles This Month

- Sugar & Spice?  Violence
  among Girls is Increasing

- Deadline Extended

- 4th Annual Conference on
   School Violence Prevention
- Assessing the PDS or Anger
  Management, T-t-T
- Emergency:  Trouble on the
- Tip for Students: Shoplifting
  among Teens.
- Who has Keys Served?
- Tip for Parents: Is there a
   progression with suicidal
- Wisdom in a One Liner
- Tip for Teachers: Fable or
   Fact about Suicide
- 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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Lock Out Violence Everyday with Keys To Safer


A school bus is hijacked. One student stabs and kills another on the bus. Shots are fired from the roadside into a bus with homeward bound students. The bus swerves to avoid an animal and a student dies as a result. These are not fantasy, they are not scenes from a Hollywood horror movie, they are actual incidents from this school year. What would happen in your school district if one of these scenarios were to happen in your home town?  Do your buses have 2-way communication with a dispatcher in case of emergency?  Do you leave keys in your buses when unsecured?  Are your bus drivers training to handle these types of situation?  Other incidents - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The Keys staff have years of experience in contingency planning to include bus emergency response training and planning. Don't be caught off guard--call Keys today learn how your school can be better prepared for any contingency.




6. Tips for Students: Shoplifting among Teens 


 Why do people Shoplift?  

  1. Some people have a Real Need Economic-people without money for food or clothingPhysical-Addicts with a need for drugs that drives them to steal.

  2. Some people have a Psychological Need: People may steal for reasons they don't under-stand. Shoplifting can be a sign of emotional problems.

  3. But most shoplifters Don't Need what they steal and could afford to buy it. They say; I do it for KicksEveryone does itThe store won't miss itI'm bored.

Don't most Shoplifters get off?  NO!

  1. Many stores have guards, plainclothes detectives, electronic tags and more.

  2. Stores are prosecuting more frequently.

    • Laws are getting tougher.

    • Even first time offenders are going to court and being put on probation.

    • Later Convictions - in getting jail time and larger fines.

What can be done?  It's going to take us all to stop this...

  1. If you see it, REPORT IT.

  2. Work with concerned groups.

  3. Encourage Honesty among your friends and classmates.



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:  Is there a progress with suicidal ideation?


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:


There are no mistakes in learning, just discoveries.


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





10. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  Fables and Facts about suicide 
Fable: People who talk about suicide don't commit suicide. Fact: Most people who kill themselves have given definite warnings of their suicidal intentions.
Fable: Suicide happens without warning. Fact: Suicidal persons typically give many clues regarding their suicidal intentions.
Fable: Suicidal people are fully intent on dying. Fact: Most suicidal people are undecided about living or dying--that's what makes prevention possible.
Fable: Once people are suicidal, they are suicidal forever. Fact: Individuals who wish to kill themselves are suicidal only for a limited period of time.
Fable: Suicide strikes much more often among the rich--or, conversely, almost exclusively among the poor Fact: Suicide is very "democratic" and is represented proportionately among all levels of society.


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.




  • 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

  • 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

  •  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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