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September 2004 Edition


Safety Bulletin: September 2004
Terrorists target schools


Monthly Safety Bulletin Providing information to Promote safe Schools and organizations  

1. Terrorist Attack a School in Russia

Funeral of Child from Beslan, Russia School hostageAmerica grieves with Russia in the loss of 336 lives, half of them children, after terrorists held a school in Beslan hostage. The school, community and nation are in mourning and our hearts go out to them. Keys To Safer has sent a donation to the Russian Embassy for the victims. Keys would like to challenge our readers to respond to this need. Send your gifts and thoughts to:

Ambassador Yuri V. Ushakov

2650 Wisconsin Ave., NW

Washington, DC 2007

Mark your checks for the "Victims of Beslan". For more information on making donations go to:


2. Terrorism Update:
    Explosives and Weapons were Pre-positioned in the School!

Picture of Student that was held hostage in Beslan School.Russian president Vladimir Putin reported that they have identified some of the terrorists at Beslan School as linked to al-Qaeda and international terrorism.  He said that, the group was allegedly financed by al-Qaeda with money from Saudi Arabia. Reports now indicate that they had been entering the school undetected and stockpiling the weapons and explosives that were used to kill so many students, staff and parents - for weeks.

Keys To Safer has conducted School Site Safety Surveys across the country to help schools identify vulnerabilities. Without exception, Keys staffers have been able to enter and place "mock devices" inside these schools with the entry and the mack package going undetected. If you are concerned about your school being vulnerable to terrorist activity, please bring in a team of experts to find your weaknesses and suggest solutions. To read a full article on this subject, go to: Who is in Your School?



3.  Anger Management

Anger Management Training in Roanoke, VARoanoke, VA will be the site of the next Training-the-Trainers seminar in Anger Management/De-escalation. The Dates are September 21-22. This training is based on Huan Ju, the Art of Redirection. Learn to align with the student's emotion and gently redirect him/her onto a more positive path. Opposing a student's behavior is not as productive for the student or the classroom environment as is the Art of Redirection. The training moves into learning skills on "Breaking of a Fight". 

To learn more or to register for this training, go to:



4. Another Deadly School Year - 04/05?

Articles This Month

- Note of Condolence
   Our hearts are in Russia

- Terrorism Update: 
     Who is in Your School?

- Anger Management Training
- Another Deadly School Year 
- Tip for Students:  
   Make Friends
- Who has Keys Served?
- Tip for Parents: Internet
   Safety for your Child/Teen.
- Wisdom in a One Liner
- Tip for Teachers:Recognizing
   the Cycle of Violence and
   breaking that cycle.
- 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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- Advertise: New This Year!

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Saturday, September 4, Coach Mars was in Kiona-Benton City Middle School returning game films to his office when he was attacked by two students, 14 and 16 years old. The Coach died and both boys will be tried as adults. When arrested, one boy was sporting a new tattoo which indicated that the killing had served as a promotion for him within his gang.

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




Carnival Line's fantasy ship SensationTime is running out, so calling all your colleagues! 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.




6. Tips for Students: Make Friends, it works.  Friends

  • Respect your friends space and time

  • Listening is more important that talking when making friends

  • Help others and allow others to help you

  • Be patient, friendship happens at its own pace

  • Give your attention, not your money


The number 1 way to stop being bullied is to make friends.  Click to learn more about a School Wide Campaign to stop Bullying.




7. Who has Keys Served?


In answer to an often asked question about who uses Keys To Safer services, this partial list is offered to demonstrate that Keys is dedicated to serving all schools /organizations, great and small, in the struggle to create a safer schools, work-places, organizations, homes, communities, states and more. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Houston Independent School District * US Navy * International Association of School Safety Professionals, Sweden * BBC Radio * Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Bakersfield, CA. * Austin Independent School District * Regional Offices of Education, Illinois * The Ministry of Education, Japan * Broward County Florida School District * YMCA * National Evaluator's Training: International Resource Group, Ltd. * Fort Worth Police Department * Big Brothers, Big Sisters * Henderson State University * The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind  * The Arkansas School for the Deaf * The FCCLA of Missouri * The Arkansas Counselors Association * Safe and Drug Free Conference of Louisiana * Mobile County Alabama School District * Manatee Technical Institute, FL. * Jackson Mississippi School District * Rogers Arkansas School District * Educational Service Centers & Cooperatives in many states * Royal Canadian Mounted Police, of Canada * US Department of Defense Schools * Walt Disney * City of Hot Springs & Garland County, AR * Public Agency Training Council * Diocese of Shreveport Catholic Schools * Miami/Dade County Florida School District * CORE: Coalition for Residential Education * State Department of Eds * Individual and agency clients in Great Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Canada, Jamaica, Columbia, Russia, Nigeria and many more. Keys has made presentations to organizations, schools with a student population of 200 K-12 and to conventions with over 3000, as well as national radio and television appearances. 

If you would like to have Keys at your school/organization or if you would like to join this team of dedicated experts, contact Keys by email today.



8. Tip of the Month for Parents:  Internet Safety for your Child/Teen?

Internet safety

Do you know what chat room your child/teen is in?

The Internet, as the Interstate Highway, is a wonderful tool when used properly but very dangerous when used carelessly. But it can turn deadly.

A 13 year-old female student met her alleged abductor and killer in a chat room on the internet.

To learn more about Internet Safety to keep them safe by downloading this FREE handout: click here




9. One-liner of the Month:


"Wouldn't it be wonderful if, when we lost our temper, we couldn't find it again?"

Fortune Cookie

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





10. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  Recognizing the Cycle of Violence and breaking that cycle  

Cycle of ViolenceSchool violence can happen any where.  School Year 2003-2004 was one of the most violent years in the last 10 years (see map and list of SY03-04 violence).  Learn how to tell if you have an Un-Safe School and what schools can do to become a Safe School.  Here are some helpful hints to recognize the Cycle of Violence and how to stop it.  Remember:  School violence doesn't "just happen."  It often follows a pattern:

  • Two People or groups have a conflict: over a girlfriend, boyfriend, clothes, etc
  • They trade insults or threats: angry words, looks or gestures
  • Tension builds: each person may become angry and others may egg it on.
  • They may fight: especially if they believe that no one can "back down".
  • One of them may seek revenge:  creating a new cycle of violence and revenge.

Learn Behavioral Responses to difficult students.  Learn how to Break-up a Fight.  To learn more about our Train-the-Trainer: Anger Management De-escalation Training utilizing a non-pain inducing physical restraint technique -> click here.  Learn more about our Train-the-Trainer: Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student Training -> click here.




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.




  • Roanoke, VA.; September 21-22, 2004 - Anger Management/De-escalation Train-the-Trainer.  Co-Sponsored by Roanoke City Public Schools.

  • Bakersfield, CA.; October 11-12, 2004 - Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student Train-the-Trainer.  Co-Sponsored by Kern County Superintendent of Schools & Schoenfeldt.

  • Mt. Vernon, WA.; October 25-26, 2204 -  Schools, Terrorism and Homeland Security + Workshop to Develop Bio-Chemical Contingency Plans.  Co-Sponsored by Northwest Educational School District 189 & Schoenfeldt.

  • 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.

  • 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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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 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.

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....

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