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Safety Bulletin: September 2003

School year Starts with a Bang! 


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IN THIS ISSUE:  (if bookmark feature is not supported by your email program,  please curser down to see stories)
  1. School Year Starts with a Bang!
  2. Other School Violence
  3. What is a PDS--Potentially Dangerous Student?
  4. Tools of  Terrorism
  5. Learn how to become a PDS Trainer
  6. Tips for Students: Do you control your feelings?
  7. NEW Partnership, NEW Products
  8. Bullying
  1. Tips for Parents: The Keys to motivating your child...
  2. One liner
  3. Tip for TeachersPt 2; 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. More Shootings in this New School Year. 

Taft High School ShootingDenver, CO. 09/04/03

Schools in Commerce City lock-down after one student is killed and his brother wounded at noon in city park across from Adams City High School. The students were suspended at the time. Police are investigating possible gang involvement.

San Diego, CA 09/04/03 - Two schools go to Lock-down as SWAT teams surround a barricaded man whom a few hours earlier had shot and killed his son in front of his high school track team.

Pittsburgh, PA 09/09/03 - Moments after school is let out for the day, gun fire erupts in the parking lot of A+ Mini Mart across the street from Peabody High School. Apparently the teens were arguing over a necklace which then escalated to gun play. One of them was air evacuated with a gunshot wound to the buttocks. Police found spent casings to three different weapons. The investigation continues.

Los Angeles, CA 09/09/03 - Three young men are in critical condition after gunfire broke out at 2:15 on sidewalk outside Taft High School. The most serious of the wounded, a 15 year-old was air evacuated with a gunshot wound to the chest. The school was placed on lock-down as police continue to search for the shooter.

If questions are running through your mind, contact Keys today and become proactive.  Make plans now to join us for Training-the-Trainers in the Assessing of Potentially Dangerous Students (PDS) at;


2. Other School Violence in the News


At their annual meeting the teacher's union reported that all is not well with schools on the island. They reported that three students were killed last school year and another 25 were assaulted severely enough that  they  required treatment. There were an additional 40 attacks on students and 17 on teachers. Rape was considered a regular occurrence.

Dayton, Ohio:

A gang of four students has been arrested and charged with operating a robbery and extortion ring. The four are students at Franklin Montesori School and range in age from 10-12 years-old. The allegation is that for over a year they have beaten and forced a fellow student to make regular payments to them. The prosecutor said this goes well beyond just bullying.

Train your staff to be trainers in the Bullying Stops when Respect Begins Campaign at Ft. Lauderdale, FL, September 25-26, 2003. For more information, go to: https://keystosaferschools.com/calendar2003a.htm#ftlaud


3. What is a Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS)?

First, it is important to know that we do not predict the future of anyone. We can analyze the lives of other people then compare how closely someone else is following that same path. Many may walk and talk the same but very few actually become violent and kill or injure others. When we know that a student is following a destructive path, we can offer detours. This is the heart and purpose of the PDS program. With proper training and an effective instrument, you can see the sign posts along a student's path and identify the best detours available to offer him.  Applied consistently in the school this program will make your school a safer place for all. To learn more about this program, go to: https://keystosaferschools.com/calendar2003a.htm#pds_indiana


4. Tools of Terrorism

Ricin is the second most deadly substance occurring in nature. It is 6,000 times more deadly than cyanide and 12,000 times more deadly than the venom of a rattle snake. An amount the size of a single grain of table salt is lethal to an adult. But did you know that it can be produced in concentrated form by using simple chemicals found in almost every home?

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 Greencastle, Indiana (41miles from Indianapolis) on October 16-17, 2003 and 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 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 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.



    Learn the Keys to controlling your FEELINGS before those feelings take control of your life and actions.


    *  Others don't make you feel, You make yourself feeling...no one can make you feel a certain way.

    *  Your job is to control your feelings...don't let your feelings lead you somewhere you don't want to go.

    *  Take responsibility for your feelings...stand-up for your part in the way you feel and stop blaming others.

    *  Remove your buttons...some people are good at pushing your buttons, but you can stop them from doing it.  


You can find other ways, like this one...building a Conflict Resolution Team with other students that want to do it the non-violent way and find peaceful ways to accomplish the same thing.  To learn more about how to start a L.O.V.E. Team in your school click here and start Locking Out Violence today and Everyday.


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.  Bullying

Several states have enacted legislation requiring schools to develop anti-bullying programs and/or policy. Of course schools already have their hands full with other education requirements and developing such a program represents a major distraction and time investment. Allow Keys To Safer Schools.com to answer this requirement for you with a program that is researched based and is in place throughout the US.

Bullying Stops When Respect Begins [If you don't have a problem, you have not asked the kids] is the program for your school. This can be a campaign and an imbedded Character Ed. Curriculum. Staff and/or Students can be trained as trainers to continue the program and reach out to the entire school and community. Click on the name above or this url link to learn more. https://keystosaferschools.com/BullyingStopswhenRespectBegins.htm


9. Tip of the Month for Parents:  The Keys to motivating your child to achieve in school

Many parents are very motivated about work...they say, "we love what we do."  But many of us need external motivation to keep us going to work.  For many of us that motivator is MONEY. Parents - our children are the same! 

Many kids love school or what comes with it (hanging out with friends) and they motivate themselves to attend and achieve.  But some lack motivation or even appear lazy when it comes to school.  And a small number want nothing to do with school.  We as parents MUST in the two later cases help our kids find the Keys to motivate them to attend and achieve.  Here are a few ways to help.

         * Expressing clear expectations for your kids to attend and graduate.
         * Evaluate their situation...make sure it's not due to bullying, anxiety disorder, poor vision, etc.
         * Resist Preaching..."when I went to school, I didn't have books or a desk...but I did good in school!"
         * Find what motivates your child...know what excites them to learn; praise, sports, games, & yes - money.
         * Lead by Modeling...watch what you do to get out of work or what you say about your kid's school.
         * Be consistent                * Be patient                 * Be reasonable                * Be sensitive
         * Help them set goals..."You want a Driver License?  Then lets set a goal for obtaining at least a C average.
         * Acknowledge and affirm success when you child does well.
         * Lastly, express love to your child always...separate your child's actions/behavior from your child.

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


10. One-liner of the Month:

" Life's not fair...but it is what you make of it!"

Mike Nelson, MS, LPC, NCC
Director of Program Development


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 2 - 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 two of the series.  You may refer to E-New: August 2003 to learn about (1) ExtinctionIf 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 Time-Out.


TIME-OUT - Removal of a student from an reinforcing setting to a presumably nonreinforcing setting for a specified and limited period of time.  Time out is "time away from positive reinforcement".  There are three types of time-out (1) Observational Time-Out:  They can see/hear activity but may not be involved. (2) Exclusion: Stays in classroom but leaves area of reinforcement to be behind a barrier (3) Seclusion: Student leaves classroom to a time-out room. 

It is import to remember that they leave reinforcement to an area of non-reinforcement.  If a student is manipulating so as to be sent to an area of Time-out that lacks stress (because they see the current situation as stressor or non-reinforcing and the Time-out location as a place where they can work at their own pace) or reinforcement, they will continually behaving in hopes that they will be sent to Time-Out.

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.

  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Bullying Stops when Respect Begins (train-the-trainer), September 25-26, 2003

  • Mobile, AL - MPSS - Bullying Stops when Respect Begins (student assembly), October 6-10, 2003

  • Greencastle, Indiana - PDS: West Central Indiana Ed. Serv Ctr (train-the-trainer), October 16-17, 2003

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

  • Swipe test: 

  • Date Rape Drug Testers: 

  • Alcohol Testers

  • Street Drugs: Parents trying to help their child get off drugs...we can help.

  • Juvenile Probation: No more urine...saliva swab tester now available...

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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