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Safety Bulletin: January 2003

No Holiday for School Violence

IN THIS ISSUE:  (if bookmark feature is not supported by your email program,  please curser down to see stories)
  1. Train-the-Trainers - 2/6-7/03:
      Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student

  2. Washington Student Shot:
      After hours program takes bad turn 

  3. An Unsafe School:
      How do you know if your school is safe or unsafe?

  4. New Associates

  5. 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence

  6. PDS Training for Arkansas - 2/26-27/03   

  1. Anger Management 

  2. Tip of the Month:  How to De-escalate an Argument 

  3. One liner of the month

  4. Tip of the Month:   Don't take your stress to school

  5. What Others Say About Keys To Safer

  6. Co-sponsor A Training In Your Area

  7. Home Drug Tests  -  NEW! 
       Available On-line (see Date Rape Tester)

  8. And more links....

1. Train-the-Trainers: Certification in Assessing the PDS -

Final opportunity to register for this valuable training on February 6 & 7, 2003!  

This is the training that you have asked for and have been waiting to attend. Previously, Keys staff were the only trainers who could Train and Certify anyone in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student, but due to the increasing demand and the need to reduce costs within a district/organization Keys is making this shift. If you accept our offer to become a Trainer in this program, which features our Nationally used and highly unique Assessment Instrument, you will be one of the first. School Districts/Organizations across the USA have participated in this PDS training and paid for every staff member there. This training will allow your district/organization to train you who can then train and certify your entire Assessment Team without additional training cost. The cost for this train-the-trainers event that will be held February 6 & 7, 2003 in St. Augustine, Fl is only $260.

Added Bonus: This training may make you eligible to become a Trainer in the Keys Associate Program and help us to reach others all over the county who need help assessing their Potentially Dangerous Students (PDS). For more information or to apply, go to:


2. Student Shot at School After Hours: 

VANCOUVER, Wash. 01/09/03 A minor was shot in the chin after gunfire erupted at George C. Marshall Elementary School where between 20 and 30 people were playing basketball. Around 10 pm a dispute that started inside overflowed to the parking lot where the shooting started. At least two shots were fired and one struck the student. It is believed that his injuries are not life threatening. Witnesses said the suspects left in separate cars before police arrived. No guns were recovered at the scene. After hours programs have been proven to have a positive effect on reducing crimes rates and acts of violence. It is a shame when one of these programs becomes the scene of such a violent act. To learn what you can do to prevent school violence, be a regular reader of the Key's website.


3. An Unsafe School? How do you know?

Some schools have a problem with violence while others do not. Some schools handle a crisis well while others do not. Read this informative article to learn what characteristics identify an unsafe school. Attitude may be the most important indicator, but there are other, more concrete things that can be identified. The best part is that you are not left in despair. Keys has a checklist to follow in developing a safe and responsive school. Use these tools to improve the safety and security of your school.   


4. Associates of Keys To Safer -

Robert Lovelace of Houston is the newest Associate on the Keys' Team. Welcome on board, Rob. Our many subscribers in the Houston area and across Texas should look for a contact from Robert in near future. There are several others from across the United States, Australia, Canada, and other regions, who are going through the process now who will be announced soon. 

Are you looking for a way to impact your community or society; are you a professional who wants to expand your possibilities? Keys is looking for Associates to join our team and help spread the word about the Detection and Prevention of Violence available through Keys To Safer If you are interested in helping students and schools to be safer and earning while they are learning, contact Keys today or visit our website for more information.


5. 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence

The 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence is scheduled at the Ramada Resort Maingate (just outside a popular theme park that features a large Mouse) for June, 16-17, 2003. Plan your vacation/family travel time now. Bullying will be the central theme this year.  Negotiations are being finalized with the presenters and will announced soon. This conference will provide two days of dynamic information that can be used in your schools immediately. This is an excellent opportunity to combine a family vacation with CEU credits and a Business Expense Trip. The Ramada Resort has proven to be an super host in past years and we look forward to another great time. Mark your calendars now for this summer's conference.


6. PDS Train-the-Trainers Coming to Arkansas 

Cabot School District, one of the earliest users of the Assessment Instrument developed by Keys, has arranged to co-sponsor a Training to Certify Trainers in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student. The Administration originally wanted to expand their Assessment Program but quickly realized the opportunity to offer this training to other schools across their state. If you have read about this PDS Training in St. Augustine, Florida but were unable to attend, consider attending the same training at Cabot, Arkansas. This training was primarily intended for school and law enforcement personnel within the state, but applications from outside Arkansas are considered on a case by case basis. To register go to: 


7. Anger Management/De-escalation Training - Huan Ju the Art of Redirection[discussion].htm

Anger is a natural emotion. There is nothing good nor bad about it. However, when anger is allowed to go unchecked and erupt into violent behavior it can present a tremendous problem for a teacher or parent. The secret for managing anger is to understand the process that escalating anger goes through and learning techniques to redirect that process into more productive actions. It is unfortunate, but true that almost everything we do naturally to control someone else's anger is actually counter-productive. The answer is training. To learn more or to bring this essential training to your school go to: Management & De-escalation Training


8. Tip of the Month: How to De-escalate an Argument
  1. Speak with authority, but don't yell. Trying to out shout them will only make things louder.
  2. Tell them what you want. "I want you to stop talking and go to your seats."
  3. Defer to rules. "You know what the handbook says about fighting."
  4. Avoid Power Struggles. Showing student respect and giving as much power and control as feasible through guided-choices and responsibility for the students own behavior.


9. One-liner of the Month:

"Inside yourself or outside, you never have to change what you see, only the way you see it."

Linda Woodson
4th grade Counselor
Lake Hamilton Intermediate School

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


10. Tip of the Month: Don't take your stress to school.

Life brings stress. Sometimes more than we need. When we take our stress to work with us, we bring a load of things that may overwhelm us, our fellow workers or our students. To relieve your stress try...

  1. 60 seconds of peace. Sit quietly for one minute and sip hot tea.

  2. Develop and recite a positive daily affirmation.

  3. Find a hobby. But do not let it become a source of stress.

  4. Find a contrasting stress activity. If you read for your work, do not read for relaxation. If you work with your hands, do not use a relaxation that requires you to work with your hands.

  5. Learn to take a short vacation while on the job. Close your eyes, think of something pleasant, breathe deeply and slowly, then get back to work. NOTE: This should only be few seconds.

  6. Power nap. If logistics of your work place permit it, take 5 minutes or less for a quick nap.


No matter what your technique, controlling your stress will enhance your ability to manage stressful situations. 


11. 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. Here are just a few of the comments:

  • "This [National Conference] is GREAT!  Very practical, easy to use and very timely!
    Sabrana Steger, Paducah, Kentucky [mother of school shooting victim Kayce Steger]

  • "...All presenter were excellent and allowed time for excellent discussion".
    Linda Delaney, Memphis School District, Memphis, TN.

  • "...The Assessment Model (of the PDS) was very interesting and with the training will be very effective"
    Janice Chiaradonna, Johnson & Wales University, LYNN, MA
  • "The Keys To Safer [International Conference] increased my confidence in managing crisis situations.
    Laura Bishop, Westminster Academy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL [International Conference]
  • "I would like to thank you for emailing me the handouts that I requested. I found all three very informative and helpful, especially the handout on ADD. I have recommended your site to some of my friends too. :)"
    Diane Attard, OASI Foundation-Prevention Officer Gozo,Malta
  • "The topics covered were very good-Exactly what we were looking for! What did you like least about the training? Too little time for so much material."
    School Counselor, IL [Bullying & Conflict Resolution Training]
  • "This is one of the BEST workshops I have attended! I would like for ALL of my teachers and Administrators to attend this. I liked the groups and interaction."
    School Alternative Teacher [Anger Management/De-escalation Training]
  • "The assessment practice exercise toward the end of the day I felt this was very beneficial."
    School Resource Officer (SRO) [Assessment Training Attendee]


12. 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-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, go to (13.) below.


13. Expanded!! Home Drug Tests now Available On-line *Discounted & Falling Prices*
  • Date Rape Drug Testers: 
    Available for the first time! Keys has made special arrangements with the manufacturer to offer these testers in non-obvious tester to teens and parents who are concerned about the increasing number of people who use drugs to take sexual advantage of others. If you are suspicious of your drink, simply spill a drop on these business cards or coasters and discover in just a few seconds if it has been spiked. Don't let anyone take advantage of you.

  • Alcohol
    Been to a party and not sure if you should drive home? Keys has a saliva based Blood Alcohol Content tester that will let you know if you need a cab.

  • Street Drugs
    Parents, your teen is having problems with illegal drugs and desires to quit or needs your help. Keys can provide you a testing device for up to 10 of the most common street drugs. You can use them in conjunction with your personal family drug policies to help teen follow through and keep their commitment.

  • Juvenile Probation
    You want your clients tested but it is so involved and there are so many rules from the Health Department about handling urine and from the Court about privacy in sample collection. Keys has a tester that uses a saliva swab rather than urine and is just as accurate.

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.


14.  Contact Information....

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Contact: Mike Nelson or Frank Green at or call local (501)847-2596, "toll free"

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