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October 2005 Edition

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Safety Bulletin: October 2005


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


1. Hurricane Katrina Continues to Affect Lives

Hurricane Katrina's evacuated StudentsKeys staff members were in Baton Rouge to help school officials cope with displaced students. They (and many other communities) were not hit as hard as others by the winds of Katrina but have been hit by the relief effort. More than 9,000 students have been added to this school district with little any additional funding or staffing. The state appropriately responded by lifting the student/teacher ratio; however, this has students sitting on the floor with no text books. Older students are forced together in shelter areas with members of rival gangs from their displaced cities and now face a second set of rivals when pushed into a new school. The numbers and the trauma have forced teachers to act as counselors, counselors to act as therapists and the mental health centers are overwhelmed.

  • Another horrible fallout of the devastation along the Gulf Coast is 3000 Missing Registered Sex Offenders. Schools that have taken in displaced students are having people volunteer to help who say that they are also displaced. Most schools are resisting the offers until they obtain verification that the volunteer is not on a sex offender registry. Keys urges all schools to follow this pattern of caution. The Keys Team has offered help to any person, group or agency that needs help in restoring order to shattered lives. 

  • A number of Keys staff have been volunteering their time, expertise and money.  Keys' Director of Program Development, Mike Nelson, MS, LPC, NCC has donated this time to provide Crisis Counseling services and emergency on-call Counseling to a Red Cross Shelter which housed at the height of the Crisis 300+ evacuees.

  • Katrina, followed by Rita, were events in time that will be a part of the United States for years to come. Displaced students are seriously affected and tend to become transient, moving several times before their families find work and housing that are permanent. Others will plant roots were they were first moved. The host students' lives will be changed forever as classes grow much larger and conflicts arise daily. Teachers and other staff are exhausted now with no relief in sight.

  • The Keys Director in Australia met with a school there that wanted to help and came up the idea of  

    Schools not directly affected by the storm or the relief effort may want to Adopt-A-School that has been affected.  In adopting you might provide school supplies, books or other items that the school may need.  If anyone or school desires to help with these and other issues rising from Katrina they should contact Keys by email or phone.  If you are a school needing a school to adopt your school contact Keys as well.  Keys will help hook schools up for those interested.


  • It is difficult to move forward while looking over your shoulder or focusing on the "rear view mirror." Pointing at agencies and assigning blame will not satisfy the need of now! We must all look for solutions to today and tomorrow and work toward answers. If your school or organization needs help, contact Keys today. or 1-800-504-7355



2. Terrorism Update:
        Guns, Bombs on Campus-home grown terrorism

  • An 18 year-old freshman at Georgia Tech confessed to making over a dozen bombs and tossing them into his dormitory courtyard. A custodian was injured and 2 dorms were evacuated.

  • A 15 year-old freshman at San Marcos High wrote a letter to the school threatening to blow up bombs and shoot people. He is in custody. He told police he did it as a joke.

Articles This Month

- School Crisis:

 Hurricane Katrina

- Terrorism Up-Date:

 Home Grown Terrorism

- Video Game - Bullying

- School Bus Incidents

- Lawsuit:  Teacher is the Bully!

- Tip for Students:  

What to do about weapons?

- Concerns around the World!

- Tip for Parents: How to know what's going on with your child

- Wisdom in a One Liner

- Tip for Teachers:

How to handle weapons

- Up Coming Training Calendar.
- What Others say about Keys
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  • Auburn University's Haley Center was evacuated after a bomb threat was phoned into campus. Police did not release any other information.

  • Minot High School was evacuated and students bused to the Municipal Auditorium after a bomb threat was called into campus.

  • A Perry County Pennsylvania Middle School Science teacher brought a gun to school. Apparently he wanted to warn students who were damaging trees and shrubs. He was arrested.

  • In Charlotte two carloads of people possibly students got into a gun battle. One girl was hospitalized with a gunshot wound and one student has been arrested.

  • Shortly after a loaded gun was found on the campus of Durham High School, a fight broke out that resulted in 5 arrests. The school did not release information about any discipline taken.

  • A fight and shooting in front of Pine Bluff high school left one man injured and police searching for the suspects. None of those involved were current students at the school.

  • A 14-year old Indiana student has been arrested and his homemade bomb destroyed. Another student came forward with a warning, followed by a home visit by the school's SRO. Congratulations to the student, the SRO and the school for having a system that works.


If you are not sure of your state of readiness, contact Keys to learn more about Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student, Crisis Planning or First Responders Crisis Preparedness, First Responders Coordination In-Service.




3. New Video Game Bully coming in 06.


New Video Game called "Bully" coming out in 2006.Parents and school officials should take heed to a new "virtual" game slated to debut in spring of 2006. It is currently titled Bully and it has a lot of violence. The theme is apparently that the victim seeks violent revenge against the bullies in his or her school. Violence in video games aimed at kids is bad enough when it involves super heroes and fantastic monsters. Most teens will know that these are fantasies; however, a bully in the school is very real to a great many students. Planting a seed that violence works to eliminate bullying could produce bitter fruit. Be involved in your child or student's life to offer guidance.


Dave Grossman has written much on this topic and speaks internationally on the effects of video gaming. Contact him or other members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team for help.



4. School Bus Incidents Make News


A dozen school bus accidents left 16 dead and many more injured and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and medical claims. Community and schools have been devastated by these tragic losses. All in just two weeks in October 05. Such numbers lead the the question, "Were these accidents preventable?" The answer lies in training for the climate. For more details about these accidents, see the article, "What's Up With Buses?"

The Mobile Classroom.  Here is good scenario to play-out with your staff. What would be the response from a teacher if she were told that her classroom was going to be over 20 miles from the school; it would have 3 times her normal student load; she would have students from K-12 including IDEA and 504 students; she might have a two-way radio that works but maybe not; there would be no other teachers or school staff any where near her; she must sit in front of her class with her back to the kids; and the only training she would receive would be on the technical operations of the classroom itself--nothing on how to handle the students in this environment?


Of course no teacher would accept such a position, but this exactly describes a school bus-- except it could be even further than 20 miles away in rural districts. So, again we ask, "Could a crisis be averted or mitigated with a different approach to training our bus drivers?" If your not certain about the ability of your school bus drivers to respond appropriately, Contact Keys today for information on Bus Driver Training.





5. When the Teacher is the Bully


A school in the Seattle area is facing media scrutiny and probable legal battles after a teacher was accused of choking a 4th Grader. The mother of the student has admitted that her son's behavior was inappropriate but says that the teacher "crossed the line" when he put his hands on her son in such a way. Fuel was added to the situation when KOMO news obtained the teacher's personnel file under FOIA and discovered that this teacher has an disciplinary record for inappropriately expressed anger and irresponsible acts in dealing with students for over a year. Fellow staff members have written letters to the Administration stating their fears and adding that this teacher is a bully to other staff.

Does your school have a Bully Staff Member? If your school needs a policy, program or training on bullying that deals with staff issues as well checkout Bullying Stops When Respect Begins. This is a behavior replacement approach that emphasizes positives for staff too. It provides schools with knowledge of the domains that allow bullying: The Bully, The Victim, The School and The Parent and the biggest segment of all: the "the stand-by and do nothings." Contact today.




6. Tips for Students:  What To Do About Weapons

Danger!  Do not touch! Tell an Adult!A weapon is any object that is designed or intended to injure another person. Guns and knives are the most common weapons but there are others.

  • If you know that someone on your school campus has a weapon, even if you are not sure about it, tell someone such as a teacher, counselor or another staff member.

  • Do not confront the one with weapon.

  • If someone shows you a weapon and asks you to touch it or hold it, just say, "No."

  • Never try to take the weapon away from someone.

  • If you find a weapon, mark the spot then go tell someone. DO NOT pick it up!

  • Remember that weapons are serious and should be reported; be responsible, and do the right thing.

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



7. Concerns around the World




Bo Munthe, SSP - Director of Keys - Europe

Bo Munthe
Director of

Sweden is considered to be a country with calm and harmonious schools. That was the picture some years ago anyway. Since 2001, when the first school killing took place in Sweden, it has been like a roller coaster, the list below is just from the first two weeks of October;  

  • A 13 year-old boy commits suicide after years of bullying (the school didn’t do anything about this according to reports).

  • A nine year-old boy is threatened to be killed by a mother of one of his classmates.  The woman also threatens the teacher, as well.

  • Seven year old students are kept home from school for reasons of threats by other classmates with scissors.

  • 17 year-old school boy beaten up by other classmates in Stockholm.

  • Two girls and two boys, all 18 years old, where fighting against each other in a school in Göteborg.

  • A 15 year-old boy beaten unconscious (the attack lasted 20 minutes) in a Stockholm school.

  • A Classmates tried to hang a 10 year-old boy who was luckily saved by the teacher.

  • Blindfolded student whipped by other students.

  • Arson in a school (a teacher put the fire out).

  • A policeman harassed a class of 11-12 year-old children. The police ran into the classroom, screaming "it is war". He was mad about his son's bicycle which was stolen.

  • A 9 year-old boy threatened a classmate with a knife.



Mr. Kevin Dickson - Director, Keys-Australia

Kevin Dickson
Director of

There is Growing Alarm for our Schools:  The concerns are not just internal terrorism by students but International Terrorism as well.  As for violence at the hands of students - Teachers and classroom aides have been punched, bashed with metal cans, kicked, spat at and threatened with knives, metal stakes and replica guns.  Others have been injured by chairs, rocks and computers thrown by angry students; some have received written death threats.  The Herald Sun has catalogued dozens of frightening student attacks on government and private school teachers over the past 12 months.


  • Bullying Bill - Schoolyard fights and bullies have cost taxpayers almost $1.5 million in compensation over the past two years (in Australia), not to mention those that do not reach the courts of actual severe bullying taking place.
  • Alarm grows at school attacks - According to a Herald Sun article: - They have catalogued dozens of frightening student attacks on government and private school teachers over the past 12 months. Teachers and classroom aides have been punched, bashed with metal cans, kicked, spat at and threatened with knives, metal stakes and replica guns.  Others have been injured by chairs, rocks and computers thrown by angry students; some have received written death threats. 
  • International Terrorism - in a 06 October 2005 Herald Sun article: It's coming: ready or not - is states... THE unthinkable is now considered inevitable (by the Australian Government ) so we have to confront this: assume for one awful moment Melbourne had been hit by a coordinated series of terrorist attacks that left thousands dead, many more injured, and a city in panic. Would you know what to do (Schools)?






8. Tip of the Month for Parents: How To Know What's Going On With Your Child


Children given adult PrivilegesPrivacy is an earned trust and grows with growth in maturity and responsibility. Let your children know this is your philosophy and that you will be checking up on them and their activities. This includes internet, email, chat rooms and text messaging privileges, know who your child is communicating with and about what [A 13 year-old female student met her alleged abductor and killer in a chat room on the internet].  Do not lie about giving privacy and then go into their rooms and look around. Ask them about things you see in their rooms when putting away clothes or cleaning. Pay close attention to any increased interest in weapons, morbid thinking or talks of revenge.


In dozens of cases, police have found evidence of violent plots being created in a student's room at home. Were these students hoping to be caught? Wouldn't it be better if your children were "caught" by you rather than the police?


Download a Sample Contract for Parents to use with their children - Download Contact

Having trouble and need one-on-one help - Contact Keys Experts for advice



9. One-liner of the Month:


Systems don't change people; people change people.


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





10. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  How to Handle Weapons?


Ask yourself this questions:  Who on my staff has been trained to disarm a person/student with a Weapon?

  • If a student reports the presence of a gun or knife, immediately notify law enforcement. Do not investigate or search.

  • If a student is observed with a weapon, stay calm and do not alert the student to your observation. Attempt to isolate the student from others by possibly using a Lockdown or other means and notify law enforcement.

  • If a student reports having a weapon, ask him to lay the weapon on the floor and step away from it. Do not take it or handle it. If it is in a back pack, have them lay the back pack on the floor without handling the weapon.

  • Unless you are certified to disarm and/or search for weapon AND school policy allows you to do so, do not interrogate, search students or lockers, or ask a student to "hand over" the weapon. These are all jobs for Certified Law Enforcement personnel and should never be attempted by others.

  • Document all reports, observations and other suspicions of weapons.

If you are not sure how your staff may answer that question, contact Keys to learn more about Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student, Crisis Planning



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




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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.



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Or for information on large quantity discounts for Schools, Organization, Juvenile Courts, Business or others call Keys for a quote.  Contact us today at (800) 504-7355 or email us at the address below to set up your account for using Purchase Orders.





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