As you know, one of the blogs that I follow, almost religiously, is Greg Ellifritz’s Active Response Training blog. Recently he did a couple of articles on school shootings that made my head explode and I wanted to share them with you.
The first was When Do School Shootings Occur. In this article, Greg did a small study, looking at what times school shootings tended to happen during the day. Breaking down the stats he used to determine his findings, I was surprised to see that over the last three years there were only 7 shootings that occurred that fit the traditional definition of an “Active Shooter Incident”. I will be honest. That was a lot less then I thought. Granted, the media blows everything out of proportion, but still…only 7…I know. That is 7 more then there should be, but still.
I’m not going to go into too much detail since Greg does a way better job at breaking things down, and you need to read his article, but suffice to say, the amount of shootings outside school hours is way higher then you might imagine.
I am honestly surprised that more shootings DON’T occur outside school hours, like before or right after. When you think about it, it would be the perfect time to do it. Most schools will open their doors for early kids around 7:00 – 7:30. Some will serve breakfast for those kids since Mom and Dad have to work. They put most all grades together and there are not as many staff on hand as there would be normally. This would be the perfect time to commit a shooting. And that thought scares me. Especially since I have a little one who in a few years will be old enough to go to school.
So what’s the answer? It really is quite the conundrum. Well in true Greg fashion, he tackles that as well. In his next article Saved by the Bell: Strategies to Prevent Extra-Curricular School Shootings he tackles what he believes to be the answers. Again, I will not go into too much detail, but the strategies and solutions he presents here are great and spot on.
Now if only schools would be willing to implement these changes.