Active Shooter Research

Safety Doc Podcast 56: Will it Work? Army & DHS Prep Teachers for Active Shooters with Video Games

PODCAST-The Army and Homeland Security announced the release of a no-cost computer-based simulation that trains teachers how to respond in an active shooter situation at a school. Forum commenters felt the instruction is an encroachment on 2nd Amendment rights and that there been little analysis of the design and intended rollout of the program. Dr.…

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SDP_047 “Projected Benchmarking” – Garbage Media Ploys Following A Mass Shooting

Podcast-Dr. Perrodin explains how mass media irresponsibly portrayed the October 1, 2017, Las Vegas massacre as an act of evil that any of us could encounter, in any location, at any moment. In addition, false articles defeated algorithm “truth” filters, journalism was sacrificed for short-term ratings, the collective public anxiety rocketed with no efforts to…

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TRAP-18 will present serious issues when schools begin to implement it for early identification of the “lone wolf” terrorist (AKA – student active shooter)

Commonalities of school shooter narratives… Bullied Told others prior to event Male While those points are typically accurate, the development of a profile rapidly fades following the “given” characteristics mentioned above.  For example, many shooters had good grades, many had a clean discipline record and many regularly interacted with a peer group.  There is no…

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Protecting Soft Targets – My Thoughts about the 2005 Study of Chula Vista High School (San Diego)

“Establishing a containment perimeter while a SWAT team is assembled to conduct a slow methodical building to building search is an obsolete procedure.” Crockett, et. al., 2005. On December 7, 2005, researchers conducted a safety analysis of a high school in San Diego.  The study team, which included a Microsoft employee, offered many practical sense crisis…

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Orlando Massacre Might Fuel Decision Inertia

Decision Inertia, in short, is the tendency to continue to expand choices until the number of options is overwhelming and leads to indecision or poor decisions.  Knowing what has been posted by the media about the Orlando massacre, people fleeing the club was a life-preserving measure, the “gut feeling” or as author Brian Peters would…

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Mass Shooting Incident Symposium – Key Points to Consider

The DeForest (WI) Police Department made me a special non-law enforcement guest of the Mass Shooting Incident Symposium held at the Schauer Performing Arts Center in Hartford, Wisconsin on March 4, 2013. This exemplary event, designed for law enforcement, entailed brilliant studies of four mass shootings with attention to efficient incident and post-incident responses. Presenters:  Major Kevin…

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Most Students Told Others Prior to Attacking Schools

75% of school shooters told another person, sometimes many people, prior to the attack. In a 1997 school shooting in Alaska, 24 students knew the attack was going to happen and crowded a mezzanine to observe it.  One student even brought a camera! What can be done to decrease the likelihood of a student attacking…

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Profiling is Unable to Identify a Child Who May be Prone to Engaging in School Violence – (excellent Secret Service example)

The 2001 Secret Service report titled “Evaluating Risk for Targeted Violence in Schools: Comparing Risk Assessment, Threat Assessment, and Other Approaches” discussed the lack of reliability with endorsing profiling as a means to identify, treat or remove children from schools who are likely to engage in targeted school violence.  As parents, community members and even…

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