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Safety Bulletin: October 2003

Stop the violence with connections 


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IN THIS ISSUE:  (if bookmark feature is not supported by your email program,  please curser down to see stories)
  1. Stop Violence: Start Connecting
  2. School Violence in the News
  3. Why Does a Bully Bully?
  4. Tools of  Terrorism
  5. Learn how to become a PDS Trainer
  6. Tips for Students: He who angers you controls you.
  7. NEW Partnership, NEW Products
  8. Anger Management
  1. Tips for Parents: Understanding ADD
  2. One liner
  3. Tip for TeachersPt 3; Eliminating severe behaviors
  4. Up Coming Training Opportunities
  5. Homeland Security Site of the Week
  6. What Others Say About Keys
  7. Co-sponsor A Training In Your Area
  8. Keys Now Accepts Checks On-line  -  NEW!
  9. And more links....

1. Connections 

Caring Adult  

A consistent factor in almost all the school shootings in the United States has been bullying. Bullying so severe that the emotional pain has driven young people to take life changing actions such as suicide and homicide. These actions were seen as the only way because, in their perception, there were no caring adults with whom they could talk. One school has decided to make that perception go away through making sure that every student is connected with a caring adult. The results have been amazing. If you or your school is up to the challenge of stopping the violence through positive connections, read the article at https://keystosaferschools.com/connections.htm


2. School Violence in the News

A recent news account from a state that we will not mention reported that violent crimes in schools is on the rise. In another news source from the same state a school superintendent reported to the school board that violent incidents were down. How can this be? Has our attempt at monitoring schools made them less likely to report incidents that will count against them?  Have many school Report Cards found its way to the front page of their local newspaper?


In another state, still not identified here, a reporter compared state prisons to public schools and discovered that they are spending several times the money per prisoner that they are spending on students. The question offered was: If we spent more on the students, would we have fewer prisoners?

This school year started off with a shooting on the first day and has gone down hill ever since. Many schools and communities are not reporting every incident of violence for a variety of reason. To see a collective list of some 20+ events of violence in and around our schools since August 2003, go to this link: https://keystosaferschools.com/violence03.htm


3. Why Do Bullies do what they do?

"This is just the way I am !" "My dad was like this, my brothers are like this and I will be like this too." These are common statements from those who bully. But is bullying genetic? Do they simply have no biological choice but to bully?  NO! Bullying is a learned behavior. Most often bullies learn from being bullied and they are responding to others in the only way they know. So punishment alone will not stop bullying because it provides not alternative behavior. Bullying Stops When Respect Begins seeks to provide bullies with another way of seeing things and an alternate set of behaviors that are more socially acceptable. It also provides guidelines for victims, bullies, parents of bullies and victims and the school.

To learn more about this program, go to: https://keystosaferschools.com/calendar2003a.htm#cabot


4. Tools of Terrorism

Salmonella is a naturally occurring bacteria within eggs and poultry. With refrigeration and proper cooking it is kept in control - below toxic levels. However, it can be grown with almost no technical knowledge or equipment into toxic levels. A small group of radical extremists used salmonella to inject over 700 people in a single town in the United States by contaminating salad bar restaurants. Does your school have an open salad bar? Do your food service personnel sanitize before preparation or after or both

What would your school do if confronted with a terrorist attack using bio/chemical weapons? Keys To Safer Schools.com has developed a guide and a training program to provide schools with measures that can be implemented within budget and community restraints. To learn more about the risk our schools face as Soft-Targets click here.

To participate in a Distance Learning Opportunity on this vital issue, contact your Distance Learning Center to register for a live, interactive training to be presented on November 14, 2003. For more information email Keys or go to: https://keystosaferschools.com/calendar2003a.htm#inhls or in Cabot, AR on November 20, 2003 you may attend, for more info about this training click here: https://keystosaferschools.com/calendar2003a.htm#cabothls


5.  Learn how to become a PDS Trainer

Keys will be holding yet another Train-the-Trainer in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS) in Battleboro, NC, (18 mile from Rocky Mount, NC) on November 6-7, 2003. This is an opportunity for you to be Certified or have someone from your school Certified as a Trainer in this most unique program for identifying students who are in need of help and which provides training on determining what help they need most. Your entire staff can then be trained in-house to know what the Early & Imminent Warning signs are and to whom they should report if they observe any of them. If you or your school already use this program, this training will serve as your 2-year refresher and Certify you to conduct the refresher/renewal training for all other Risk Assessment Team members in your school. This is a tremendous cost savings over having to send staff members for renewals. Make plans now before these classes fills up.


You Have the Power!

You are responsible for your anger.

Yes, others can push your buttons and there are ways to remove your buttons from their reach.

Exercise: Take a sticky note and write what really upsets you.  Place the sticky note on your shoulder where others can easily push it.  Now, for the hard part.  Find ways to pull that sticky note off your shoulder and put it in your pocket where others can not push it any more.  Ways to remove the button are:
See it as a game..."I'm not going to let others find my button!"

* See others pushing your buttons as a way to control you:  Decide to not let them.

* Change the way you see things: (I know this is a hard one...but it works!)

Many times others are not meaning to push our buttons but because we have been hurt by someone in the past we believe everyone wants to push our button.  We need to get some help resolving our past by talking to a parent or counselor for help.

The purpose is this: If you allow others to push your buttons...then they CONTROL YOU!

Learn more... https://keystosaferschools.com/Anger%20Management%20[discussion].htm


7.   New Products: Interactive Library CD Roms

Keys is pleased to announce a full partnership with Interactive Library Series. The initial offering includes both personal and school use products. These CD's will automatically start playing on your computer once they are inserted. The user will then be offered a variety of selections from a high quality graphic menu. Depending on the topic and the user's selection, a video scenario or instructions will unfold in DVD quality video. By working through one of these programs, students will learn techniques and new ideas for staying safe and being successful. Topics include Bullying, Sex, ADHD, Violence against Women, Recruiting and other relevant topics. New projects are in the works now so keep watching. At just $39.95 the CD and Workbook on ADHD will be a valuable addition to any library of resource material. To learn more or to order, go to: https://keystosaferschools.com/MaterialsOrderingPg6.htm#ADHD


8.  Anger Management/De-escalation Training  [click for FREE Handout (pdf) on Breaking up Fights]

It took you 5-8 years or more of education and experience to get where you are today. During that time, how many classes did you take on how to break up a fight between students without being sued or becoming a victim yourself? If your answer is like most, it is none. Keys has a program that goes beyond how the break up a fight and includes how to prevent one from happening. This dynamic training will help anyone involved in schools or other youth organizations to have a more peaceful environment. To learn more about this program, go to: https://keystosaferschools.com/Anger%20Management%20[discussion].htm


9. Tip of the Month for Parents:  Understanding Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Unlike ADHD (the "H" standing for Hyperactivity) the disorder ADD in children does not present itself with the hyperactivity component.  This may be seen as less disruptive in the classroom and their behaviors not necessarily as annoying or noticeable to the teacher.  However, it can be very problematic to students, causing significant underachieving in the classroom and these students may experience low self-esteem as well.


         * Easily distracted by extraneous stimuli                  * Difficulty listening and following directions
         * Problems concentrating and attending to tasks     * Difficulty focusing and sustaining attention
         * Inconsistent performance in school work               * Tunes out - may appear to be day dreaming
         * Disorganized: losing belongings, area in disarray * Poor study skills * Struggles with working alone 



* Teacher flexibility, willingness and commitment  * Teacher training about ADD & ADHD

* Close communication between school & home     * Provide clear expectations and structure

* Using an interactive & engaging teaching style     * Teamwork by all involved (parents & teachers)

Having trouble and need some help - Contact Keys Experts for advice or click here for a resource


10. One-liner of the Month:

" In the game of life, heredity deals the hand, and
society makes the rules;
but you can still play your own cards."

Peter's Almanac

Send us your favorite one-liner today and look for it in future editions. https://keystosaferschools.com/Contact_Us_Sweepstakes.htm


11. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  Month 3 - Methods for decreasing and/or eliminating severe behaviors 


"How do I stop the behaviors that Johnny is exhibiting over and over in class?"  We will take this topic and do a mini-series on it for a six month period.  This is month three of the series.  You may refer to past E-News' to learn about  Extinction & Time-outIf you need help faster, there are two trainings that help in this area; Behavioral Modification Planning and Alternative Learning Environment a Level System (this training comes with forms, polices, a complete Level System so you can hit the ground running and more...). 


Recap: There are 6 basic ways to decrease or eliminate severe behaviors.  They are (1) Extinction, (2) Time-out, (3) Satiation, (4) Punishment, (5) Reinforcement of incompatible behaviors, and (6) Desensitization.  Let's briefly deal with Satiation.


Satiation - It is the decreasing or elimination of an unacceptable behavior as a result of continued and increased reinforcement of the behavior.  Satiation is a more common occurrence than is generally realized.  Because it is so common, we are frequently unaware of its effect on our behavior.


Stephen continually would get in trouble for wasting his time at the pencil sharper and not doing his assignments.   His teachers tried reprimanding, lose of privileges, sending his work home, teacher-parent conferences.  The teacher was asked to start a satiation experiment.  The parent provided 200 pre-sharpened pencils to the teacher.  The teacher would give the student a sharpened pencil every 15 minutes.  There was  a dramatic decreasing in the unwanted behavior and an increasing in the desired behavior that being working on his assignment.  As the days and weeks went by the student had a need for fewer and fewer pencils.

This strategy will work in other areas. Give it a try.

Having trouble and need some help - Contact Keys Experts for advice


12.  Training Opportunities

Mark these on your calendar and register today or call or email to set up a training at your school or in your community.

  • Cabot, AR: - Bullying Stops when Respect Begins (train-the-trainer), October 21-22, 2003

  • Battleboro, NC - PDS: NC Dept of Public Inst & Rocky Mount Prep Sc (train-the-trainer), November 6-7, 2003  

  • Indianapolis, Indiana - Schools, Terrorism and Homeland Security- Distance Learning, November 14, 2003

  • Cabot, AR - Schools, Terrorism and Homeland Security, November 20, 2003

  • 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


13.  Homeland Security Site of the Week

Keys To Safer Schools.com was selected by the Homeland Security Newsletter as the recommended Site of the Week for the week of July 4, 2003. With over 1000 pages of information, our website continues to grow to meet the needs of today's schools, students, staff, administration and parents. Your searching, reading and recommending our website have led to this honor and we wish to express our thanks for the many kind words of praise that our readers have said of us. We pledge to continue to strive to meet your needs and offer only the best of practical solutions. 


14.  What Others Say About Keys To Safer Schools.com - https://keystosaferschools.com/WhatOthersAreSaying.htm


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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 Schools.com 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 ->https://keystosaferschools.com/WhatOthersAreSaying.htm


15.  Co-sponsor a Training Seminar.  https://keystosaferschools.com/CoSponsoranEvent.htm 

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-sponsor an open training event by arranging a meeting place, supplying some equipment for the presentation and assisting us in getting the word out about the event in your area. Keys will do their part. The Co-sponsor will receive two training slots FREE!! It is a Win - Win arrangement.

If anyone has questions or desires more information about this training opportunity contact us (800)504-7355.


16. 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. Check out the ones listed below.

Or for information or to place an order, go to: https://keystosaferschools.com/MaterialsOrderingPg3.htm

Contact us today at (800) 504-7355 or email us at the address below to set up your account for using Purchase Orders.


17.  Contact Information....

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