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October 2004 Edition


Safety Bulletin: October 2004
Terrorism and School Floor Plans

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Monthly Safety Bulletin Providing information to Promote safe Schools and organizations  

1.  Terrorism Update: 

Michigan School's Floor Plan Displayed on Television

School Floor Plan downloaded off Internet A Los Angeles television station wanted to show its audience how easy it is to get school floor plans off the internet. While on-air, they searched then extracted a floor plan that proved to be of a school in Michigan. A person from Michigan who was watching the show, notified the school. After a brief investigation, it was determined that the floor plan came from the web site of the US Department of Education. Their intent was to honor the school for outstanding architecture. The result was unsecured access to what should be sensitive information. The floor plan above was extracted from the internet on a different school by Keys. Names were removed to protect the school, but this demonstrates the ease with which anyone can obtain such potentially harmful information about your school. The terrorist attack on the school in Breslan, Russia followed by the reports a few weeks ago of American school floor plans surfacing in Iraq, have caused wide spread concern about school safety and the growing menace of terrorism. According to Federal Authorities they are saying, "Despite the false alarm, we are asking every school in the country to review their security plans."  Department of Education is likewise saying, "We advised school systems across the country to keep an eye out for people spying on their buildings or buses or requesting school floor plans"  To learn more, here are some news article: 1, 2



Carnival Line's fantasy ship SensationTHE END IS NEAR! That is for the best prices on the conference cruise. The deadline for these Greatly discounted prices is November 10, 2004.  The 5th Annual School Violence Prevention Conference will be a cruise aboard the Carnival Line's fantasy ship Sensation. The dates are June 9-13, 2005 for this 4-day cruise with a 2-day Professional Conference.  The 2-Day Conference will be on Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student and developing a Risk/Threat Assessment Team Model. We will sail out of New Orleans to Cozumel and explore the western Caribbean. While afloat, we will enjoy a 2-Day Professional Development Conference set at a pace that will insure both learning and pleasure. Cost of the conference will be $225 plus the cost of the cruise, at this incredibly discounted price of ONLY $479 inside Staterooms and $559 ocean view Staterooms. As you can see, the costs is no more than a normal conference with hotel, food and transportation.  Register Today and Lock in your slot and these great prices --> Click here.



3. Huge Grant: Crisis Response Planning and more...

Safe Schools/Health Students InitiativeKeys is proud to announce that West Memphis, Arkansas has been awarded a comprehensive 3-year grant to insure the health and safety of their students and schools.  It is the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative. Keys is also delighted to be an integral part of this grant. Over the next three years, Keys will be providing (as a part of the grant) workshops, research and consultation to help this District attain its goals. The grant is the largest in the nation and it came about after the school district contacted a professional grant writer Dr. Linda Heard - who is also an Associate of the Keys Team - . If your school District knows of a grant that would greatly improve your school but you are not sure that you have the programs, experts, services or track record as Keys does or if you feel you can't write a winning proposal, contact Keys today for assistance. To follow the events that Keys will  present  for this grant and other trainings, check the calendar regularly.


Articles This Month

- Terrorism Update: Floor Plan
on live TV

- Cruise, Cruise, Cruise... but

- Huge Grant Awarded

- School Violence:  Columbine
   Plots in the News?

- Tuskegee, Al: Training
   Macon Co. Board of Ed.!

- Tips for Students:
Taking back your school

- School Violence:  
   In Baltimore, MD

- Tip for Parents: Take back
   your youth's school from

- Wisdom in a One Liner

- Tip for Teachers: Respect
  Students as you would have
   them respect you!

- Up Coming Training Calendar

- What Others say about Keys

- Co-Sponsor a Training in
  area & obtain a FREE

- New! On-line checks accepted

- And more...


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4. School Violence: Columbine Plots in the News?

Columbine Style PlotWithin a two-week period schools in Michigan, New Jersey and Texas learned that they were the focus of a "Columbine Style" attack being planned by students. The good news is that all three were stopped during the planning phase and even better news is that it was fellow students who reported the plots. The plotter in Michigan was arrested after he was turned into police in Idaho. It seems he became chatty on the internet with another student who turned out to be a thousand miles away but who was very conscious of what a responsible student should report. Her Dad happens to be the head of the Cyber Crimes Unit with the police.

Another note is that at least one of the plots called for the attack to coincide with a special date in April. It is important for all schools and law enforcement officers to take note of the days around April 19 each year because of the tendency of criminals and terrorists to commemorate dates. 

To see a partial listing of violence for School Year 03/04, go to:
If you wish to take an active role in turning this trend around, contact Keys at



5. Tuskegee, Alabama


Keys was delighted to be invited to this historic community to work with the Historic Tuskegee, Alpublic schools there. Keys staff spent a week in the schools across the county conducting a School Site Safety Survey and concluded the week with a two-day workshop on Crisis Response Planning. On January 13-14, 2005, Keys will again return to Tuskegee to conduct a 2-day train-the-trainers in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student. Make plans now to join us in Tuskegee, Al for this exiting opportunity to gain valuable skills and Certification as well as being able to visit historic Tuskegee University, Tuskegee Airbase and the home of Booker T. Washington.  




6. Tips for Students: Take back your School from Violence. Students joining together to make a differents

                                    Remember Students ...   It is your school!   

  • Ask each student activity or club to adopt an anti-violence theme.

    • The  school newspaper could run informational stories on violence prevention.

    • The art club could illustrate costs of violence through art work.

  • Look at how school violence affects us;

    • Behavioral Science Classes can look at how violence affects students sense of safety.

    • Career clubs could investigate how violence affects their occupational goals.

    • Sports teams could address ways to reduce violence that's not part of the game plan.

  • Welcome new students and help them feel at home in your school. Introduce them to other students. Get to know at least one student unfamiliar to you each week.

  • Start (or sign up for) a S.A.F.E. Chapter, in which students promise to settle disagreements without violence, to reject weapons, and to work toward a safe campus for all.

  • Help your school and community start a "L.O.V.E." campaign (Lock Out Violence Everyday).  Try for 100% participation for all Students and Staff.


To learn more contact Keys for help.  Email or Call (800.504.7355)




7. Student Violence:

Waldbrook High School in Baltimore, MD.

 * September 29, 2004 - Walbrook High School officials suspect a non-student was responsible for firing a gun on school grounds. Baltimore City Fire Department said a firefighter heard shots fired outside the school. After someone set three trash fires at Walbrook, responding firefighters told officials that they heard a single gunshot fired outside the school. Police are looking for the shooter as well as whoever set the fires. School officials say the gunman could be a brother of a girl who attends Walbrook.

September 30, 2004 - Walbrook High School officials reported two more fires set and the Baltimore City Fire Department responded.  It appears that Walbrook isn't the only Baltimore City school dealing with problems. Baltimore City Schools police officers said they arrested two female students for serious fighting. The location was Thurgood Marshall High School.  It happened after a fight on campus.  The fight, then a fire alarm, forced students outside the building, according to officials. Baltimore City police were called in and officers sprayed Mace to end the melee. A police K-9 unit also responded.

October 7, 2004 - Nuisance fires being set at a number of Baltimore City schools continues this week. Thurgood Marshall Middle and High schools were evacuated due to a fire, two fires were set the day before at Forest Park High School, and at least 16 fires have been set at Walbrook High School.

October 22, 2004 - Police said an apparent fight over a girl ended with brothers 16 & 19 years old being shot on the Thurgood Middle-High School campus just minutes after school dismissed. School CEO Bonnie Copeland was back at the scene of the shooting the next morning. The shooting happened about an hour before Copeland announced her plans to try and bring order to city schools.


School officials said a recent rash of fires, along with new incidents of violence, is evidence that there is a need for more outside help.


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




8. Tip of the Month for Parents:  Take back your youth's School from Violence. Family involved

                                     Remember Parents ...   You play a Vital Roll!

  • Join up with other parents, through school and neighborhood groups, religious organizations, civic groups, and youth activity groups.

    • Talk about violence problems, concerns about your youth's school and the community.  Then look for or develop sources of help to strengthen and sharpen yours and other parenting skills on addressing these issues.   Learn about training "Dealing with the Teenage Years".

  • Help your youth learn how to examine and find solutions to problems.

    • Youth who know how to approach a problem and resolve it effectively are less likely to be frustrated, angry, or violent. Take advantage of what we call "teachable moments" to help your youth understand and apply these and other skills.  Don't rescue your youth from their consequences.

  • Set clear limits on behaviors in advance.

    • Discuss consequences and rewards a head of time. Disciplining with guidelines and consistency helps teach self- discipline, a skill your youth can use and needs in their life.

  • Communicate clearly about violence issue.

    • Address the fact that you don't approve of and won't tolerate violent behavior.

    • Give guidelines of what violence is and is not. Answer questions thoughtfully. Listen to children's ideas and concerns. They may bring up small problems that can easily be solved now, problems that could become worse if allowed to fester.

Parents - support your youth and your youths school.  To obtain a FREE handout available by download: click here




9. One-liner of the Month:


Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing. William Feather

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





10. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  Respect Students as you would have them respect you. 

Caring TeacherStudents can tell when teachers are there to only collect a paycheck.  Some teachers have lost hope in many of their students.  They don't expect achievement nor give respect to their students.  Some believe that this or that student is just a "throw away student".  Some are no longer excited about teaching.

  • Teach with enthusiasm.  Students engaged in work that is challenging, informative, and rewarding.  They are less likely to get into trouble if those components are in place.

  • Regularly invite parents to talk with you about their youth's progress and any concerns they have. Send home notes celebrating student's achievements.

  • Develop  hope in yourself and in other teachers and help them discover the optimism and direction to combat the energy - draining pressures and frustrations of most educational settings.

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.




  • Hot Springs, AR: November 3-5, 2004 - Schools, Terrorism and Homeland Security (overview). Provided to Arkansas Counselors Association (ACA)

  • Bearden, AR:  November 12, 2004 - Anger Management/De-escalations Training. Co-Sponsored by Bearden Public Schools

  • 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

  • Rison, AR: December 13-14, 2004 - Crisis Action Training and Workshop.  Provided to Cleveland County Consolidated School District

  • Tuskegee, AL; January 13-14, 2005, Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student Train-the-Trainer.  Co-Sponsored by Macon County School District.

  • Carlsbad, NM; January 21-22, 2005 -  BULLYING STOPS WHEN RESPECT BEGINSCo-Sponsored by Eddy County Government

  • Greensboro, NC:  January 26-27, 2005 - Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student Train-the-Trainer.  Co-Sponsored by Guilford Charter School in Greensboro, NC.  The contact person is Dr. John Von Rohr.
  • Ft. Myers, FL:  February 18, 2005 - Anger Management/De-escalations Training. Co-Sponsored by Lee County School District

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

  • Cruise out of New Orleans, Louisiana; June 9-13, 2005 - National School Violence Cruise Conference.  4-day Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico with 2-days of National Professional Development         

  • 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




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. 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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