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November/December 2004 Edition

Safety Bulletin: November/December 2004
Bhopal  - 20 Year Anniversary


Monthly Safety Bulletin Providing information to Promote safe Schools and organizations  

1.  Terrorism Update: 20 Year Anniversary of Bhopal Accident


The Bhopal Disaster

10,000 people
died and more
than 500,000 were
affected by the

On the night of Dec. 3, 1984, almost 40 tons of methyl- isocyanate leaked from a pesticide plant in India. About 10,000 people died and more than 500,000 were affected by the fumes. The exact number of victims has never been clear. Most vulnerable were the children. Within a few days of the accident, thousands of them were dead. Many women who were pregnant at the time of the leak suffered miscarriages, and many others gave birth to babies with severe mental and physical handicaps.  Even today, mothers in the affected areas of Bhopal have been found to have carcinogenic elements in their breast milk.


This was an industrial accident, (here is a current one that was minimized due to knowledge and training -> industrial accident) not terrorism. But take time to notice chemical plants that may be close to your school. Perhaps there is a large highway or rail system nearby that be transporting hazardous chemicals (conduct a School Site Safety Survey). Learn about some school vulnerabilities. Remember that terrorists used our airplanes and our mail system. The CIA has released a report that terrorists have researched crop duster aircraft in the United States and have called for more attacks against America (see National Report). Is your school prepared for a large industrial accident or terrorist attack using chemicals? (See Schools, Terrorism & Homeland Security Training)   If not, contact Keys Today!


2. Why Didn't We See It Coming? 


Why didn't we see it coming!?This statement was made after almost every school shooting and other violent act on school campuses across America. The answer is that we did not know what to look for nor what to do when we identified early or imminent warning signs.  Through evaluating years of research Keys' experts'  developed a unique  Assessment Instrument 5 years ago to meet this need. This Assessment Instrument is utilized across the US and Oversees with much success.  In January, Keys will offer three training seminars on this Risk Assessment/Threat Assessment Program called Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student - with the added bonus of Certification as a Trainer & FREE utilized of this powerful Assessment Instrument. The trainings will be in;

Make plans to attend one of these so you can return and train others at your school. Or you may want to Co-Sponsor (At No Cost) this training and bring us to your school/district/organization.



3. Intensive Help for Juveniles in Crisis:

    Are you looking for help for your teen in Crisis?

Juvenile Boot Camps


If so we will be writing about in the next few issues a number of different types of programs that work with teens in Crisis.  Here are the ones we will be exploring; teen boot camp, boarding schools, residential treatment facilitates, wilderness programs, military schools or other youth program for troubled teens?  We will start the series with:

Boot Camps:

The term "boot camp" may refer to one of two types of boot camps- Private boot camps and State boot camps.

  • Private boot camps are short term and are designed to help troubled teens get back to the basics.

Articles This Month

- Terrorism Update: Bhopal
  Accident Anniversary

- Why didn't we see it coming?

- Intensive help for Juveniles in
  Crisis!:  A multi-part series

- School Violence:  China

- New Evaluation Services now

- Tips for Students:
Stand up for others

- School Violence:  
   Students killed in US & UK

- Tip for Parents: Helping your
   child say "NO" to drugs!

- Wisdom in a One Liner

- Tip for Teachers: Using

  nonverbal cues in the

- Up Coming Training Calendar

- What Others say about Keys

- Co-Sponsor a Training in
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- New! On-line checks accepted

- And more...


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  • State boot camps are mainly used as an alternative for troubled teens that normally would be placed in a juvenile state correctional facility.

Both private and state boot camps are meant to emulate ARMY basic training boot camps. These boot camps range typically from 7-30 (exception: Serious Offender Boot Camps) day periods and the age of students may range from 12-18 years of age, depending on the type of Boot Camp.  Boot camps are physically and mentally challenging. Generally boot camps are in a wilderness type environment where participants live in military type barracks or tents. Boot camps are designed to help strip away old attitudes and change them to new attitudes. Boot camps are very confrontational and take teens out of their comfort zone. Boot camps work best for students with mild problems that just need to gain some appreciation, structure, motivation, discipline and respect.  Juvenile Boot Camps may not be as effective as some of the other types of programs we will talk about in the up-coming months. Research on recidivism rates (the return to a Crisis state and the need for additional services); show that boot camps are less effective then other alternatives. The one reason for the lack of effectiveness is due to them providing the necessary after-care needed to make a permanent change in a troubled teen's life. So when checking the Boot Camp out, ask what type of after-care they provide. 

To learn more, download a Boot Camp Directory (pdf) of available program.  --> Click here


4. School Violence: China Experiences Surge of Violent Deaths

China Experiences Surge of Violent DeathsEight students died and four more were injured at a residential high school in the West Central Chinaís town of Ruzhou . The suspect sneaked into the dormitory and slashed some studentís throats and stabbed others in the heart. To make matters worse, this is the 6th school killing in China since August when a school janitor stabbed 14 kindergarten students killing one of them. In September a bus driver attacked and slashed 24 students. In November a teacher killed four students and wounded 12 and an unidentified man killed a six-year old and stuffed his body into the schoolís washing machine. The violence is not confined to grade schools; in April a college student hacked four classmates to death out of jealousy because he could not afford shoes. Across China, juvenile crimes of murder, rape and battery are increasing at more than 10% per year.

There is no comfort in knowing that other nations are experiencing the same levels of school violence.
Learn how Keys' can help!



5. " Evaluation Services" available at Keys


Evaluating Program Effectiveness by Goal Attainment Scaling (G.A.S.)
A Quantitative Method for Evaluating Attainment of Multiple Goals.


You asked and now Keys it delivering!  Announcing our new G.A.S. training which will enable administrators, principals, counselors, program managers and evaluators to simultaneously rate the effectiveness of a program (like; (PBIS) Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports ) by generating rating system. Scores from this system will provide a measure of the overall effectiveness of the program.  Learn more --> Click here!


Mark Krain,


Keys is excited to announce this great training and our Evaluation & Consulting Services which will be headed up by Mark Krain, Ph.D. - Professor in the School of Social Work.  He designs evaluation systems based on Goal Attainment Scaling techniques and applies those techniques to diverse areas in education and human services. He specializes in techniques that use ordinary, easily calculated arithmetic steps that lead to powerful and valid determinations of whether or not pre-specified objectives/goals have been attained, which may be utilized for grant purposes.


Let Keys help you with your current or next grant program.  Contact us today to help!




6. Tips for Students:  Majority Rules!  


Bullying Stops when Respect BeginsWant to stop the bullying at your school but not sure what to do? Think about these numbers:

  • 75% of students have been bullied

  • 25% of students are being bullied now

  • 5-10% of students are bullies

This means that if you have not been bullied yet, you probably will be some time. The good news is that you and your friends out number the bullies. If you stand up for some one who is being bullied, they are more likely to stand up for you if you are being bullied. Since bullies like easy targets, as more people start standing up (not fighting or bullying the bully back) for each other the bullies will stop or go away.


To learn more about Bullying --> Click here

Or contact Keys for help by Email or Call (800.504.7355)




7. Student Violence:

Students KilledA 16-y ear old student was gunned down as he exited his high school in Philadelphia. Three other students were injured but survived. Another 16-year old student is being sought as a suspect in the shooting. In Indiana five students were stabbed by a 15-year old student wielding two knives. All are expected to recover.


In the UK a 14 year old has been arrested after a fight in which a 15 year old student died. In Lincolnshire, a 14 year old student was stabbed to death in the corridor of his school. 


School violence is a universal disease.


Let Keys help your school to Lock Out Violence Everyday.


To learn more of what your school can do  --> Click here





8. Tip of the Month for Parents:  My Child is using Drugs!  I need help!


My Child is using Drugs!  I need help! How Can You Help Your Child Say "No" to Drugs?

Parents can help their children say "no" to drugs in a variety of ways and by starting when their children are young.  We will deal with creating a Family Drug Policy and Contract.

  • Create a Family Drug Policy & Contract to establish rules for drug, alcohol and tobacco use.  Be sure to include the punishment your child will face if he or she breaks the contract and the rewards for following them.  These contracts are best used for children ages 12 and up.  Establishing a contract will provide your children with a clear family position on drug use.

    • The primary purpose of a Family Drug Policy & Contract is to set expectations and for teens to be held accountable for their behavior while allowing parents to maintain a reasonable amount of control. If used consistently it will teach teens that there are consequences to breaking rules and the knowledge that will hopefully transfer in the child's mind to school rules as well as the legal system.

    • Include your teens and preteens in the coming up with rules, consequences and rewards they feel are appropriate for the Contract. Child  who feel that they are being heard by their parents and are allowed to participate in this process are far more likely to be compliant than those who are handed a set of rules and told "Do it or else.".

    • Make weekly drug screening your child a major part of the contract, if they are currently using.  Random drug screens for signs of warnings of possible drug usage.

Attention Parents

  • To obtain information on Drugs and Street names -->click here

  • To obtain information on Home Drug Test Kits  -->click here

  • If your child needs professional help in a Treatment Facility "click here" for a Treatment Locator of Drug Treatment Facilities.



9. One-liner of the Month:

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
                         - Thomas Jefferson


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





10. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  Using Nonverbal Cues in the Classroom 

Using Nonverbal Cues in the Classroom

A quite classroom is the best environment for learning but a noisy one is not. Using nonverbal cues to eradicate or reduce noise can make the difference between a student's succeed or their failure.  Remember the cues or signals should be simple. Use them to eliminate students talking, to get their attention or when you want them to take their seats. Explain the cues to them then put them to use.  You will find that you have better control of your class.


Let's look at some suggestions:

  • Raise your hand to let students know you expect them to stop talking and listen. This also teaches them to respect other students who raise their hands.

    • Another way is to place a finger over your lips, you can have them do it as well.

  • Gently placing your hand on a student's shoulder will cue them to "please focus on your work".

  • Occasionally play soft music  will be the cue.  You will tell the students that when it is playing all other noise and talking should stop until the music is turned off.

  • Use a Green, Yellow, Red system of Cards (placed where kids can see) to reflect nose levels.  Green meaning the appropriate and desired level, Yellow is slightly to noisy and Red is unacceptable.  Let them know that you desire the Green Level.

The usage of nonverbal cues is favored by many teachers. The technique not only provides simple solutions to classroom management but also teaches students to be attentive, vigilant, resourceful, and respectful.

To learn more about how Keys may help --> Email or Call (800.504.7355)  




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.




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 Credit Card by Call-in order or Your Check On-line

By your request, Keys has made arrangement with Merchants Banking to accept you call-in orders to include taking your credit card information by telephone. This added means of purchasing Keys' services and materials is another example of our desire to meet your needs.

You can also 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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