No matter if it has only happened once in the entire history of the world, it would still be too many times…
This is a common saying after a school shooting happens. Everyone believes it and people are trying to prevent more from happening, but it isn’t enough.
There have been at least 27 gunfire attacks resulting in injury or death on school grounds in 2018.
February 14, 2018 was Valentine’s Day. But also, the day that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had a school shooting. Seventeen people died. There were multiple people injured.
The shooter had been expelled from that school, so he was no longer attending. He had just about as much access as any member of the public.
We should care about the shooting months later because people lost their even though they knew procedure.
Knowing procedure and practicing are two very different things. Marjory Stoneman Douglas students didn’t practice the Code Red very often. During the shooting, students were thinking fast. One girl decided to put books in front of their faces to shield them. Another girl played dead and got under an already dead boy to make it seem realistic. They had to come up with new ideas in the heat of the moment since they were not taught to them.
Practicing is very important. Taking it seriously is also important which some kids didn’t do.
“Some kids were on their phones. A lot of kids were trying to snapchat everything because they thought it was a joke and it wasn’t.” said by another survivor of the Parkland shooting.
School has been in session for two months in Jackson County, but we still haven’t practiced our Code Red Procedure. We need to practice so kids know what to do, they won’t have questions, and we will be prepared.
Here is how we can be better prepared in school:
Practice Code Reds often. Go through the plan of what needs to happen. It’s not just the students that need to practice. It’s the staff too, teach an updated ALICE training to students and teacher, and practice real situations instead of just locking down. It can be unexpected.
Now, many schools including MSDHS have lines of tape in the corners of the classrooms showing where to stay so a shooter can’t see anyone from the door. If they had been less prepared, there would have been a lot more deaths.
Things you can do to save yourself and others during a shooting:
- Shades down, doors locked, lights off.
- Move window to other side of door so can’t reach handle or make bullet proof. Or, get rid of the windows completely and use cameras to see outside the door or use peep holes.
- Decide what students should be the fighters if you need it.
- Find things that you can use as a weapon on the shooter such as – a chair, hole puncher, something heavy and/or hard, etc.
- Find things to hide behind like a desk are a cabinet.
- Make sure you have things to cover your body if you are in the view of the shooter so you don’t get seen or hurt.
- STAY OUT OF VIEW – as best as you possibly can.
These things happen. “That doesn’t happen here” isn’t true. We need to be prepared.
If you agree, share this. Let people know. This needs to change