Threat assessment, preparation can help prevent college shooting deaths

Threat assessment, preparation can help prevent college shooting deaths, experts say

Reporters copy photographs of three of the victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College that were displayed at a news conference, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. In the photos, from left, are Quinn Cooper, 18, Lucas Eibel,18, center, and Jason Johnson, 33. They were among those killed when Chris Harper Mercer walked into a class at the community college the day before and opened fire. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

As politicians and pundits debate whether stricter gun control or fewer gun-free zones can prevent incidents like the shooting that killed nine on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Oregon Thursday, campus safety experts agree that simply having more guns or less guns is not the answer.

Security professionals and campus safety advocates emphasize threat assessment, emergency preparedness training, and increased awareness as measures that can save lives.

There have been over 40 shooting incidents at schools across the country so far in 2015, and almost 20 of those occurred on college campuses. Shooters may specifically choose to attack colleges for a number of reasons.

The people who commit these acts are often looking for a “target-rich environment,” said Chief William Taylor of the San Jacinto College Police Department, president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. This, he said, is why they are drawn to targets like schools, movie theaters, churches, and shopping malls.

“They want the notoriety,” Taylor said, and mass shootings in crowded places demand the public and the media’s attention.

“By their nature, these are all places that are open,” said S. Daniel Carter, director of the VTV Family Outreach Foundation 32 National Campus Safety Initiative. These are high-profile institutions in their communities and, particularly in small towns like Roseburg, Oregon, they are hubs of activity.

Steven Healy, co-founder and managing partner of campus safety firm Margolis Healy, said the openness of environments like schools, theaters, and malls make them vulnerable, but it is also “something that we value as part of our way of life.”

The idea of being open, free-flowing centers for ideas that are not isolated from their communities is one of the core concepts of American college campuses, according to Healy.

“I can’t see any move, at least in my lifetime, fundamentally moving away from that construct,” he said.

According to Allison Kiss, executive director of the Clery Center for Security on Campus, young adult shooters may target colleges because they are looking for victims of their own age group, but ultimately they are sometimes just trying to inflict harm on the largest number of people possible and colleges provide that opportunity.

“You have somebody with a firearm trying to exact revenge or promote an idea or ideal” in many of these cases, said Chris Grollnek, an expert in active shooter situations, former police officer, and executive director of the Safe2Safest Strategic Alliance. The motive in Thursday’s shooting remains unknown and local authorities have released few details about the 26-year-old gunman.

If someone is just bent on wreaking havoc, Grollnek observed that elementary schools and middle schools are softer targets with fewer strong adults who might stand up to a shooter, so there is often more to the motivation.

Colleges may be impossible to secure fully–“There’s only so much you can do to prevent crime,” Kiss said– but experts say they definitely can be made safer.

“There are some basic target-hardening steps that you can take,” Carter said. He suggested ensuring that classroom doors can be secured from the inside and that building exits cannot be locked or blocked by improvised devices.

These campuses present unique challenges, though. Unlike elementary schools or high schools where checkpoints can be set up at the limited number of entrances, even a small community college like Umpqua is spread out across multiple buildings that may have dozens of entrances and exits.

“It would completely overwhelm and change the nature of the institution” to try to put magnetometers and metal detectors at every entrance, according to Carter.

Also, college shooters are often members of the community who would normally have a reason to be on campus or at least would not immediately appear suspicious.

As a result, experts say effective threat assessment and training are vital. Too often, according to Grollnek, school administrators fall back on the belief that “it’ll never happen here and the odds of it happening are so remote that we’re going to hide behind that.”

Grollnek said active shooter incidents are often over in minutes and police can take an average of up to 17 minutes to respond, so schools cannot count on local law enforcement to prevent casualties. He noted that the response from police in Roseburg was very quick, but nine victims still died.

“Common sense prevention and detecting these threats prior to them happening” is the key, he said. Schools need to understand the warning signs and the behaviors exhibited by many shooting suspects before they act.

Following the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting that left 32 students and teachers dead, school administrators and lawmakers across the country recognized a similar need. According to Kiss, schools must now follow certain requirements regarding emergency notifications and security procedures.

Threat assessment teams are also very common at colleges, she said, and they meet regularly to discuss security concerns, students who may pose a danger to themselves or others, and how to mitigate those risks.

“I think everyone in a school, in a college, and quite frankly in any industry should take necessary precautions when it comes to emergency preparedness,” Kiss said.

She pointed to the “I Love U Guys” Foundation as a resource for helping schools develop evacuation plans and be proactive about security.

Healy listed five lessons learned from previous school shootings that schools are embracing:

  1. A capacity to engage in threat assessment and management: be able to recognize threats and take action to mitigate them in various ways
  2. Engage in all-hazards emergency planning: take actions to prevent and respond to a wide range of critical incidents, from power outages to terrorist attacks
  3. Training the campus community members: ensure that students receive emergency notifications and know what to do when they get them
  4. Cooperation and coordination with local first responders: develop and enhance relationships to operate seamlessly
  5. Obligation to pay attention to what’s being said on social media: pay attention to disturbing messages online and use social media threat alerting services

“A college campus is not an island unto itself,” he said.

The experts also advised students and teachers to train and prepare themselves to survive these incidents because they can happen anywhere.

Every situation is different, Carter said, so there is not necessarily universal advice to follow, but students and teachers need to learn to assess their circumstances. Barricading doors, hiding under desks, and playing dead may save lives in some instances, but there are also times when taking an opportunity to escape is the right move.

Taylor recommended viewing the “Run. Hide. Fight.” video produced by the city of Houston years ago (warning: the initial sequence in the video may be disturbing.) It advises people in active shooter incidents to evacuate if possible, hide if necessary, and fight back against the shooter as a last resort.

“It’s not a perfect world, and a lot of it depends on where you are when [the shooting] starts,” Taylor said.

Healy urged people on campuses to participate in any prevention activities that are available. He suggested paying attention to what is going on around you, not just physically but also digitally on social media.

“If you see something, hear something, or read something, say something,” he said.

Grollnek agreed that vigilance and a willingness to speak out are important, but not enough people have gotten that message.

“See something, say something is such a great concept…The problem is we can’t get people to say something,” he said.

Much of the public conversation surrounding the shooting in the first 24 hours has focused on gun control, with some calling for tighter restrictions on firearm access and others lamenting the fact that students on campus could not be armed. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, who has vocally opposed gun control in the past–even sending a letter to Vice President Joe Biden about it–acknowledged to CNN that it needs to be part of the discussion after the shooting, but he said he has not changed his position.

Experts downplayed the significance of that issue, though.

“It’s not about guns,” Grollnek said. Restrictive gun laws only work if people follow them, and criminals by definition do not follow laws. He pointed to the high level of gun violence in Chicago despite strict gun control measures there.

“If laws worked, you don’t need police.”

He recommended a more holistic approach that addresses prevention, mental health, guns, police response, and community engagement.

“Our position is that concealed carry isn’t the solution to this,” Kiss said. Something needs to be done about mental health treatment and access to guns for people who have mental health problems, according to her, but institutions should focus on training and preparation.

“I’m not in favor of putting more guns on our campuses,” Healy said. He feels it is best for only properly-trained professionals have firearms.

He said many colleges are dealing with issues like sexual violence and high-risk drinking, and a lot of problems on campuses are fueled by alcohol. Adding guns into that environment may not be helpful.

“I don’t know in what universe that actually makes sense,” he said.

“It’s an untried factor,” Taylor said. His school is currently developing rules for people carrying concealed weapons on campus because it will soon be allowed in Texas. He hopes that it will at least allow a person who is trapped by a shooter to save themselves, but students do not have the training or equipment to respond the way police can.

Carter said his organization is focused on institutional response rather than relying on individuals within the community to make the campus safer.

He observed that officials at Umpqua Community College appear to have learned from what went wrong in previous shootings. They had lockdown procedures, emergency notifications, and rapid law enforcement response.

“Those lessons learned most likely saved lives,” he said.

Healy said college shooting incidents often do provide valuable examples of what students and administrators should and should not do, but it is tragically too late to help those who are involved.

“Fortunately, we do learn from these events,” he said. “Unfortunately, the price is far too high.”

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Mall Shootings

Mall Shootings

Mall Shootings Could Be Next

Mall Shootings – Active Shooter Expert Chris Grollnek

When Chris Grollnek was chosen to made this video earlier in the year, no one was focusing on the possibility or even the threat of a mall shooting or worse. Since then, the conversation is rapidly focusing on what to do if type of attach comes full circle.  There are many  different  philosophies to “being prepared” but few focus on the the person that could find themselves “inside the event.” It is important to understand the need for prevention and not creating an environment of fear, instead  preparedness. The Strategic Partners of safe2safest.com offer that common sense approach and beyond. Teaching others from the basics to the extreme (depending on the training solution) to remain vigilant, implement a specific series of techniques and by starting those uncomfortable conversations that could save lives. That is why Chris continues to donate a lot of time to the media, continuing to discuss safety on many fronts. If we could save just one person, this whole endeavor will all be worth it!

This epidemic is global and not just at here in the United States. Below is a quick story from earlier today in Africa at a mall in Johannesburg. We must prepare and be involved in prevention, detection and helping others by recognizing stressors, micro expressions and be open to speaking to everyone about anything.

#activeshooterexpert Chris Grollnek did a story on this recently about malls in the United States. Thankfully, as it turns out, he has been wrong to date, but how much longer will wrong be ok?

Twelve people, including a 4-year-old child, were wounded in a shooting at a shopping mall in Alexandra, Johannesburg on Friday, paramedics said on the Continent of Africa.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the shooting happened at the Pan African Mall.

“[Paramedics]… arrived at the scene and found that twelve people, consisting of adults and children, had sustained moderate injuries by gunfire with a will to do worse” spokesperson Chris Botha said.

They were treated on the scene and then taken to several surrounding hospitals.

Further details are not immediately available.

Source: South Africa News 24Wire and personal contacts on the ground.

Our politicians are focusing on gun laws instead of the realization that prevention works. We’ve raised funds and released a 26-minute free PSA video that can help many, but must be augmented by subject matter exerts (SME’s). If www.safe2safest.com doesn’t have those experts, NO ONE DOES!!! Here is a link to Strategic Partners

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Strategic Partners Executive Meeting Press Release

Strategic Partners Executive Meeting Press Release

Partners Executive Meeting

Strategic Partners Executive Meeting – Chris Grollnek, Executive Director

Here is the “basic outline” of what you asked regarding the “private meeting” in Baltimore on September 3, 2015 from 0900 through 1800 hours. I have gathered a group of “Strategic Partners” who are the actual “who’s who” in the industry of security and emergency response. These are the individuals who are called in to augment governmental responses during horrific events that require the special abilities of each (depending on the type of tragedy and media coverage). It’s not a “black outfit,” rather 17 true mission driven patriots who help in every way possible to return the communities to themselves, using and training government, corporate, and academic departments in best practices from each of their disciplines…without becoming mired in any of the politics involved.  Each one of these amazing people has their own company and provides services ranging from prevention and mitigation to recovery and essentially every other aspect of the security needs of public and private sector America.

Each expert has the desire to evolve the meaning of security and change the message of personal responsibility from relying on police to understanding self-preservation from an empowerment, rather than fear-based, perspective. By no means are we saying being armed and fighting are the solutions or even privatizing police. What we are suggesting (and meeting in person at our own expense to discuss) is a campaign to change the meaning of the word of security from the “Mall Cop” vision to a professional ready to help in any setting without the belittling moniker of “wannabe cops” and by changing the culture back to where it was when this great country was formed…one of personal responsibility and pulling together to survive the difficult times.

There have been attempts to achieve these ends deriving from similar philosophical leanings in the past. For example, in an effort to assist one another, communities implemented the Watch and Ward method in the 1950’s. Then politics, money and government got involved and eventually we saw a detrimental shift to police mistrust escalating in the 1970’s to where it now is today–over the top. Public trust in law enforcement continues to be sullied, and we have suggestions and training methods to help, in addition to our self-empowerment message. It is crucial to re-establish community trust and train departments to go forward with the prevention model instead of relying almost solely on enforcement standards. This has shown itself true one too many times causing issues that the world watched unfold in Ferguson, Missouri. We believe we can help train the departments that are inundated with so many responsibilities and downsizing due to budget constraints by offering our joint services at a cost plus basis. We ae also raising private non-profit funds and capital to “fund local cities” in an initiative to return to the partnership of community, citizenry, and local government.

This is a 50k foot view as we will be discussing these issues in much more detail throughout the day on September 3, but even this basic info I am providing to you exceeds what will be released to media outlets via a press release until days after the meeting. It is our hope for your network to “break” this revolutionary story and vision in line with our goals and principals: empower individuals for self-protection through awareness of surroundings and adequate training, support local law enforcement, and re-inspire the community/law enforcement partnership to one of trust and cooperation. Short of a vision the size of the “I have a Dream” message, we’re committed to making this relationship whole again and bringing situational solutions no one else can offer in a package anywhere close to what we, as the group of experts, with interlocking skills and experience can provide as a strategic alliance. We are herein offering you unfettered access to the meeting (with a media team), to cover any part of the meeting you wish, in order to demonstrate what one group of professionals have set out to accomplish.

Very Respectfully,

Chris Grollnek, Executive Director

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Forging the Triton

Real World Strategic Survival

Forging the Triton

Robert “Justice” Narvaez, CEO ELITE T.W.O.

Forging the Triton

Forging the Triton – Vessel Boarding Search and Seizure

Forging the Triton

Prevention, Response and Mitigation. Over the last twenty years these words were ingrained in everyday missions and training. As an SME in Maritime Tactics and Operations my primary mission was securing our Nation against Acts of Terrorism, while protecting and patrolling our Ports and Waterways, Critical Infrastructures, Ports of Entry, Shorefront Facilities, Ferry landings, Cruise ship terminals and the High seas from Drug Trafficking, Human Trafficking and Counter Drug – Alien Migration Interdiction Operations (CD-AMIO) but there was still room on the plate for more.

One thing was certain, our world was changing and so was our country. Criminals and Terrorist alike transformed and took on different shapes, ethnicities, various economic backgrounds and began to blend into society. As a 20 year Veteran and Federal Officer of Homeland Security, I’ve witnessed hundreds and thousands of persons attempting to enter the country illegally yet the number is unclear on how many practice runs were thwarted that could have led to a major strike. The Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf Coast surround us and everyday 24/7 a vessel regardless of its size attempts to and at times succeed by crossing into our State waters. This mode of conveyance can be a small raft crossing the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas, a Panga entering the shores of San Diego or Rancho Palos Verde, California, or a Go-Fast beaching itself in Key West, Florida and the worst yet a Self-Propelled Semi-Submersible as we’ve seen recently capable of carrying 275 bales of Cocaine worth a mere $181 million. Now imagine Terrorist and WMD onboard.

Forging the Triton. It represents Trust, Unity, Opposition and the beginning, the middle and the end. One prong represents us as protectors of Justice distinguishing the right from wrong. This can be defined as our experience and training, protecting the weak. Our sights are set high and we follow protocol ever so boldly standing our watch while the other prong is our added strength. Bound together we are a force that over powers the injustice and now true vigilance can be seen as a force multiplier. Forging the tip of the triton is our goal. A strong and determined multi agency asset that is dauntless in every way. Building this foundation and uniting various agencies creates both courageous men and women. All that is left is to protect our shores, our nation and our freedom. The first waypoint is Elite T.W.O..

Prevention is Paramount. Today few agencies conduct inner departmental training on scenario based high threats. Keeping training in house proves to be a clutch. Sometimes receiving training from the guy that says, “Been there, done that, still paying the bill”, helps. As a former Port Partner trainer in Los Angeles, California multi-agency mission training proved to be effective. Having a Maritime unit conduct vessel tactics and knowing that they have never stepped foot onboard a vessel raises a flag. Conducting well over 3000+ LE missions, I stepped up to the challenge and won. At times two or more state and federal LEO’s would absorb all the training I could throw at them in an 8 to 40 hour week. Threat Recognition and real world scenarios were vital. Each department acting upon their existing MOU and SOP’s to see how effective their response was. Remember, if you see something, say something. Ask yourself how does one get Advanced Shipboard Tactics training?

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Marintime Operations and Forging the Triton

Response, seconds count. Knowing that you have an effective SOP says a lot but having the right MOU in place speaks volumes. Our coastline ranges in thousands of miles therefore we cannot possibly cover every shoreline. Proper training can lead to the capture of undocumented nationals, narcotic traffickers, human /sex traffickers alike. Tabletop exercises can allow various agencies to respond from land, sea and air while putting their capabilities to the test. Remember this, if you always put your special team through this training time and time again then your patrolman can only perform to their highest level of training. Since operational events like serving a warrant can be planned, Active Shooter events are not, nor are Violence in the workplace, or bombings at crowded events. Our training can determine our response time, our response time can determine if a fellow officer has sufficient back up or allow one a child a chance to survive a violent encounter. When was your last S.MA.R.T. / C.U.F training?

Mitigation, Analyzing the Risk. Imagine 2000 citizens preparing to board a cruise liner when an explosion goes off near the main entrance. Shots are being fired into this crowd, threat recognition cannot be made for the first three seconds from the partial smoke filled room. You see the gunman in the pandemonium, you raise your sights ready to fire and a second explosion goes off at the nearest exit. Body parts are propelled through the room along with shots fired from six strategically placed gunmen. What sounds like multiple freight trains crashing is a series of explosions from the cruise ship 100 yards away. We all know that we should have a Secondary and Tertiary plan but if they go south quickly, how could we have ever reduced the human risk that day? What’s your R.I.S.C.?

ELITE T.W.O. As a Veteran Owned Business, ELITE T.W.O. is multi missioned. Providing the safest training to Federal, State, Local Law Enforcement, Military/CST, Private Sector and Civilians in our Homeland. We will provide up to date training that is best suited for your agency specific mission no matter if it’s Maritime or land based. Through constant engagement we will assist in the change and or implementation of training programs, Law Enforcement missions, Contingency Plans and Real World Strategic Survival™. We currently have the only Maritime Active Shooter Concepts & Strategies ™ course in the nation. We are certified through DHS/FEMA in: Law Enforcement Prevention & Deterrence of Terrorist Acts Instructor / Train the Trainer. Certified in Force Encounter Analysis: Understanding Human Performance During Critical Incidents.

With 20 years in specialized training you can rely on ELITE T.W.O. to enhance your agency or Corporation’s training programs therefore conducting effective and successful missions. Elite T.W.O. also provides T.A.K.E.N. Protective Detail training for the successful transfer of victims of Human Trafficking. We set ourselves apart with unwavering integrity and a strict code of ethics. For more information visit our website at www.elitetwo.com or email us at justice@elitetwo.com

About the author, Lead trainer, Robert “Justice” Narvaez understands the complexity and critical training it takes for a unified team to meet its missions goal. Over the years Robert has trained with and in SWAT tactics and participated in numerous SWAT Round up events, trained with Federal Agencies within DHS and assisted in the implementations of specialized units. He has also been responsible for training members of various CST-WMD(Civil Support Teams), conducted operations with USBP, CBP, US AIR MARSHALL’s and completed several training courses on day/night Active Shooter Strategies and FEMA Course IS-00907 Active Shooter. Through his time in the military Robert has been awarded numerous achievements and special commendations (1 Coast Guard Commendation Medal, 4 Coast Guard Achievement Medals, 1 Navy Joint Service Achievement Medal, and 1 Army Achievement Medal) for his dedication, knowledge, and professionalism. Justice is also a “Strategic Partner” at www.ActiveShooterExpert.com working in alliance with Chris Grollnek.

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Governor Sarah Palin Interviews Chris Grollnek

Governor Sarah Palin Interviews Chris Grollnek

Governor Sarah Palin Interviews Chris Grollnek

Governor Sarah Palin Interviews Chris Grollnek

Governor Sarah Palin Interviews Chris Grollnek

Governor Sarah Palin ON-POINT” One America News Network – OANN

News Reporters Ambushed and Executed with interviewee recovers in hospital. Our hearts and prayers are saddened for the families and co-workers and friends of all the victims. Lest we forget, the co-workers and friends are victims too because this tragedy took so much from their own life #activeshooterexpert

As tragic as these events are to read, report and watch the aftermath, they’re all preventable. In fact, there are several laws demanding compliance training for workplace violence prevention and training for your employees. Why be reactive when you and your workplace can be preventative? One you can protect your employees at a very reasonable cost and second, your employees will know what to do before something goes wrong. Click Here to contact us for your assessment and compliance management requirements and more than reasonable cost. Mention this link and receive 10% off your training package. How much are your employees lives worth?

Read about compliance here…

Story from video to follow:

Deceased Victims: Alison Parker and Adam Ward

Suspect – Vester Flanagan AKA Brice Williams

The reporters were “working” like anyone else anywhere else and a fellow / former co-worker decided he was at a breaking point and this ended like most with the shooter not wanting to be confronted and taking his own life – he systematically and methodically planned this attack out and then broadcast it on social media to get “revenge.”

Look at the faces of the victims; they were frozen in time as if they had no idea what to do, React Escape Survive – look at surroundings.

Are you in tune with “Fight, Flight or Freeze?

Are you in tune with "Fight, Flight or Freeze?

Are you in tune with “Fight, Flight or Freeze? by Active Shooter Expert Chris Grollnek

This is an example that helps illustrate on precious seconds that could make all the difference…

Have you or your company had a security assessment or a Tabletop Exercise? Etc?

We have free resources but they do need a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to help guide through building a plan and training employees – its must less than the cost of dealing with an incident – www.activeshooterexpert.com

Gun Violence – I DISAGREE – IT was violence carried out with a gun no different than the man that used his car at the Census Bureau or the man that used a plane to fly into the IRS building – ALL DISGRUNTELED FORMER EMPLOYEES

This was work-place violence and everyone interviewed have had one reoccurring common theme; “We knew there was something wrong with that person.”

This shows there is no race that plays a factor into people that go on murderous sprees and no laws about guns that will help the next victims or the past

The only thing we can do is focus on the four corners of an event:

1: The location

2: The people at the location

3: The shooter

4: The police responding

The incidents are over in less than seven minutes, the police take 17 minutes to respond.

Question: Why not put prevention metrics in place instead of reactionary processes?

There are several compliance requirements for work place violence prevention and few are “in compliance” and one this type of incident occurs, everyone says, why always knew… This was a tragedy, as a personal note, I am humbled to be on with Governor Palin and my heart and prayers are with the families of the lost victims and the one recovering in the hospital in Virginia. Blessing to many that will need prayers over the coming days, weeks, month and years to come. We stand with you at CGPGMG and are always available to reach out to  for anything that we can do for you or your loved ones.

Best,

Chris Grollnek

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Chris Grollnek on Presidents Conference Call

Chris Grollnek on Presidents Conference Call

POTUS with Grollnek on 7-30-15 at 516 PM WhiteHouse Conference Call

Chris Grollnek on Presidents Conference Call – POTUS holds invitation only call with Grollnek and others         on 7-30-15 at 516 PM

Good afternoon, here is a still photograph of Chris Grollnek on an invitation only conference call with the President of the United States.  This is a brief and appropriate video clip.  It was an HONOR and PRIVILEGE for Chris Grollnek to be chosen to discuss the facts regarding the Iranian Nuclear Deal and the National discord.  In Chris’ words; “I was speechless, but more importantly HUMBLED to be on the line with, The President of the United States.”

During the call, Grollnek is captured in this photo disagreeing with most of the President’s policy while completely understanding the deal in place awaiting Congressional approval.  

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Chris continues, following the call; “I would challenge you on one thing, ‘look beyond and listen behind the rhetoric,’ follow the money and oil interests to understand the why this deal is where it is!”

As always,

Best Chris Grollnek

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Active Shooters and Psychotropic Drugs

Active Shooters and Psychotropic Drugs

The Accelerated Mind

SSRI Hidden Secrets – this is a “must read”

Active Shooters and Psychotropic Drugs

Active Shooters and Psychotropic Drugs SSRI’s Chris Grollnek and Chris Magee

By: Chris Magee and Chris Grollnek

Active Shooters and Psychotropic Drugs causing the “The Accelerated Mind” in today’s day and age when weapons are discussed the mind often conjures an image of horrific events such as Virginia Tech, Aurora, Sandy Hook, and recently Charleston, SC. Mental images such as these lead the public to ask many hard questions: What, why and how can such senseless acts of violence be committed by a human being? In almost all cases political agenda hamstrings gun control as the main verdict. It is not hard to see why weapons receive the blame; in the end it is the bullet that left the innocent deceased. The author(s) form one major question after all research, why the obsession on the tool and not the perpetrator? In almost every case, a crazed, demented individual is pulling the trigger in these tragic and horrific situations.

Lets take a look at the word demented. Demented (de – ment – ed), adj. : suffering from dementia. Driven to behave irrationally due to anger, distress, or excitement. (Google Translations). This is the common mold of those executing violent acts of violence. More accurately, this is the mold of an active shooter and lone wolf. The active shooter or lone wolf possesses a demented mind. They prey on the innocent in order to subdue the feelings they have in their sick minds. This is not a profound discovery or statement and certainly does not forgive their heinous acts. It will also no bring back the loved ones lost. But for once can we be objective, non-partisan and try to save future victims from the demented mind?

This is easier said than done. In order to be completely objective and non-partisan we will have to drop the mainstream talking points on gun control. How about we focus on the fact that almost all shooters were on heavy-duty psychotropic drugs. These drugs are usually reserved for the most serious psychosis issues. These powerful, mind altering drugs have been attributed to suicides and obviously other dramatic psychological imparities. Again, it is certainly no defense for the shooter, but can we protect future victims by analyzing the affect of these drugs?

One of the main obstacles to overcome in this search for answers is “big-pharma”. But we cannot ignore the fact that the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry is producing drugs that are becoming attributed with almost all active shooter or lone wolf incidents. I believe it is time to sensibly evaluate the influence these mind-altering drugs play in these horrific events. I want to know if they are acting as a catalyst that promotes desperate acts from an already sick mind. Some excellent research and thoughts have already been put to pen, so I thought it best to review these related and important points.

One of the people leading the drive on researching this topic is Dan Robert, Ammoland.com. He previously wrote an informative article in which he identifies the compelling relationship between active shooters and psychotropic drugs. He also examines the possible attempts to cover up the disturbing connection.

(Ammoland.com) Nearly every mass shooting incident in the last twenty years, and multiple other instances of suicide and isolated shootings all share one thing in common, and it’s not the weapons used.

The overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes.

Multiple credible scientific studies going back more than a decade, as well as internal documents from certain pharmaceutical companies that suppressed the information show that SSRI drugs ( Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors ) have well known, but unreported side effects, including but not limited to suicide and other violent behavior. One need only Google relevant key words or phrases to see for themselves. www.ssristories.com is one popular site that has documented over 4500 ” Mainstream Media ” reported cases from around the World of aberrant or violent behavior by those taking these powerful drugs.

The following list of mass shooting perpetrators and the drugs they were taking or had been taking shortly before their horrific actions was compiled and published to Facebook by John Noveske, founder and owner of Noveske Rifleworks just days before he was mysteriously killed in a single car accident. Is there a link between Noveske’s death and his “outting” of information numerous disparate parties would prefer to suppress, for a variety of reasons?

I leave that to the individual readers to decide. But there is most certainly a documented history of people who “knew too much” or were considered a “threat” dying under extraordinarily suspicious circumstances.

From Katherine Smith, a Tennessee DMV worker who was somehow involved with several 9/11 hijackers obtaining Tennessee Drivers Licenses, and was later found burned to death in her car, to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Gary Webb, who exposed a CIA Operation in the 80’s that resulted in the flooding of LA Streets with crack cocaine and was later found dead from two gunshot wounds to the head, but was officially ruled as a “suicide”, to Frank Olson, a senior research micro biologist who was working on the CIA’s mind control research program MKULTRA.

After Olson expressed his desire to leave the program, he was with a CIA agent in a New York hotel room, and is alleged to have committed “suicide” by throwing himself off the tenth floor balcony. In 1994, Olson’s sons were successful in their efforts to have their fathers body exhumed and re examined in a second autopsy by James Starrs, Professor of Law and Forensic science at the National Law Center at George Washington University. Starr’s team concluded that the blunt force trauma to the head and injury to the chest had not occurred during the fall but most likely in the room before the fall. The evidence was called “rankly and starkly suggestive of homicide.” Based on his findings, in 1996 the Manhattan District Attorney opened a homicide investigation into Olson’s death, but was unable to find enough evidence to bring charges.

As I said, I leave it to the individual readers to make up their own minds if Noveske suffered a similar fate. On to the list of mass shooters and the stark link to psychotropic drugs.

Active Shooters and Psychotropic Drugs

Active Shooters and Psychotropic Drugs The Accelerated Mind – Chris Grollnek and Chris Magee

• Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.

• Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

• Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.

• Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.

• Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.

• Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

• Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.

• Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

• A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.

• Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..

• A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.

• Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

• TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.

• Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

• James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.

• Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania

• Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California

• Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

• Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

• Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

• Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.

• Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

• Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.

• Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

• Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.

• Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “…. the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”)

• Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002, (Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death and killed himself.)

• Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family’s detached garage.

• Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

• Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

• Woody __, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

• A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

• Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”

• Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

• Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.

• Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.

• Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

• Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school.

Missing from list… 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds….

• What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21…… killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, Az?

• What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24….. killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado?

• What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas Or?

• What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct?

Those focusing on further firearms bans or magazine restrictions are clearly focusing on the wrong issue and asking the wrong questions, either as a deliberate attempt to hide these links, or out of complete and utter ignorance.

Don’t let them! Force our elected “representatives” and the media to cast a harsh spotlight on this issue. Don’t stop hounding them until they do.

After reading this article a reasonable person is left with a big question mark about why we have not made more progress in this area of discovery. Since this article was released it has become public knowledge that Adam Lanza, Sandy Hook shooter, was prescribed Celexa and Lexapro while under the supervision of the Yale Child Study Center. Celexa along with Zoloft are both prescribed to treat depression along with other symptoms. It is often practice for a doctor to prescribe one if the other is not working correctly. But once again after reading these statistics, a reasonable person is left questioning the role these medications play in active shooter and lone wolf situations.

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger with Natural News, wrote another article that makes a compelling revelation about active shooters and mind-altering drugs. His article, Wild Eyes and Bowl Cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair style and crazed zombie stares? Although interesting, we will leave the bowl cuts for another conversation. But we cannot ignore the “crazy stares” that almost all perpetrators share.

Every one of these killers was known to either be taking mind-altering prescription drugs at the time of their massacres or recently using such drugs. Dylann Roof, for example, the shooter of the black church victims in Charleston, was known to be on Suboxone, a powerful mind-altering medication. His friends said he also purchased Xanax on the street and was a “pill-popper” who abused a variety of prescription drugs.

Here at Natural News, I’ve reported on the link between psychiatric drugs and mass killings for over a decade. In this article, I reprint the “big list” of psych drug-linked shooters and mass killings, showing how SSRIs, antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs are routinely linked to these events.

The website SSRIstories.net has even compiled an exhaustive collection of 5,000 news stories documenting links between psych drugs and mass killings.

Also see Top psychiatrist: Meds behind school massacres at WND.com

Interestingly, only conservative media has begun to cover these links between psych drugs and mass killings. The liberal media is largely running interference for Big Pharma, blocking any such stories while desperately attempting to place the blame for all these killings on a physical object — a gun — rather than the drug-warped minds of the young men who made the decision to pull the trigger. (Guns don’t shoot by themselves. Someone must make the decision to point it and pull the trigger.)

Conservative media is finally covering links between psych drugs and mass shootings

Conservative media is presently doing a fantastic job on this issue, detailing why the mass psychiatric drugging of young white men is leading to so many outbreaks of violence in America. One of the best examples of this coverage comes from Dr. Manny Alvarez of Fox News. In this thoughtful article, he explains:

I believe that an epidemic of drug abuse in this country is helping to fuel the violence. I am not talking about marijuana, cocaine or heroin – I am specifically singling out prescription drug abuse.

It is alleged that Roof was taking Xanax and Soboxone. A high school classmate even referred to him as a “pill popper.”

Many of these drugs are sold on the streets by people who have obtained them illegally. A National Household Survey on Drug Abuse indicated that an estimated 36 million U.S. residents aged 12 and older abused prescription drugs at least once in their lifetime. In breaking that number down, it found that 2.7 million of those individuals were aged 12 to 17, and 6.9 million were aged 18 to 25. Those purchasing the drugs are unaware of potential side effects or the dangers that they may pose to others while on the medications.

Let’s look at James Holmes, the accused killer who opened fire on a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and wounding 70. Holmes had been prescribed a generic version of Zoloft, which is used to treat depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Clonazepam, which treats anxiety and panic attacks. Zoloft has the potential to cause suicidal ideation, while Clonazepam also carries the potential for serious side effects.

Next, let’s consider Eric Harris, who along with Dylan Klebold, opened fire on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School, murdering 13 classmates before killing themselves. Harris had been prescribed the powerful antidepressant Luvox.

One in 10 Americans now takes antidepressant medications and many others illegally acquire these drugs for recreational use. I am certainly not suggesting that one in 10 of us is a killer. What I am saying, is that when these powerful medications are given, they must be medically supervised, and all of the side effects must be considered by the prescribing doctor. When there is no medical supervision, or lax guidance, these drugs can enhance aggressive behavior and further fuel irrational thinking. The illegal prescription drug abuse on the streets is far too great for us to ignore.

Uncontrolled drug abuse in people that already possess racism and hatred in their hearts makes for an incredibly dangerous situation.

Psych Drugs + Hatred + Illegal Guns Can Lead to Insane Violence

What Dr. Manny is saying is right on the money here. He’s not claiming that psychiatric drugs alone can transform people into crazy killers, but when they are consumed by people who are already near the breaking point with rage, hatred, racism, anti-American sentiment (Roof was a flag burner who hated America) and other forms of suppressed rage, they can push people over the edge and unleash their “inner killer.” Combine that with illegal access to guns, and you have a “perfect storm” for mass casualties. (Roof had a felony charge pending, so he could not legally purchase a gun from a gun shop, by the way.)

Psych drugs, in other words, are the “activation switch” for unleashing a violent, murderous rage in some individuals. And because psychiatric drugs are so commonly prescribed to tens of millions of people, it’s a daily roll of the dice that’s almost begging for more violence and mass killings across America, none of which the liberal media dare link to psychiatric drugs, of course, because that would distract from their own narrative that guns alone are to blame for these events.

Point in fact: No gun has ever pulled its own trigger. The trigger must be pulled by a person making a decision to pull it. That decision is made in the brain, and that brain is intoxicated with prescription medications that alter brain function. Thus, the prescription drugs play a crucial role in the decision chain that leads to these mass killings.

No one would blame an automobile for fatalities caused by a drunk driver, for example. The alcohol impairs the brain, and that brain is making the driving decisions that cause a fatal accident. The object (the car) didn’t kill anyone; it was the combination of an intoxicated brain and extremely poor decision making on the part of the person abusing the substance.

Take the example of Dylann Roof. He sat in a church alongside his intended victims for over an hour, pondering his actions and deciding to kill these people. If the gun alone was responsible for the killings, it would have leapt out of his pocket and started shooting by itself. But that gun stayed in his pocket for an hour, until Roof made the insane DECISION to start shooting people and committing mass murder for the specific purpose of igniting race wars in America.

What kind of demented mind would ever make such a decision? A mind on psych drugs. That’s the pattern we see over and over again.

In addition to pondering practical questions like, “How did this guy obtain a gun in the first place?”, maybe it’s time we also started a national conversation about “medication control” and stopped drugging up all our young white males with mind-altering drugs. One of the reasons all these shooters are young white males, by the way, is because young white males are the primary targets of psychiatric drugging in America

Adams and Roberts are drawing some very strong arguments that prescription drugs are closely connected to active shooter and lone wolf attacks. They are also exposing the fact that some how major pharmaceutical companies are protecting their multi-billion dollar industry. There are no clear-cut lines that this is happening but you have to follow the old law enforcement adage, “Nothing is a coincidence.” I just hope that we are not removing a major variable from the active shooter and lone wolf equation, especially for the sake of political agendas and talking points.

Through our collective power I believe that we have the ability to set the equation straight. We need to use sound investigation and scientific method to make sure that we are accounting for all aspects of the what, why, and how of active shooter and lone wolf situations. The answers are out there, now lets find them.

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Embracing Technology for Safety of Students

Embracing Technology for Safety of Students

As one of the nation’s leading active shooter experts and the prevention and recovery of same, Chris Grollnek spends the majority of his time researching best practices. Embracing Technology for Safety of Students is an article that struck  a “cord.” It is inline with the technologies to save others Chris researches daily for and during these types of critical incidents and active shooter events. It’s rare for Chris to repost others work, but this article is of such value for students and parents, all the rules went out the window after reading. We truly hope you get as much out of this as Chris Grollnek and the Strategic Partners of CGPGMG, LLC did.

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By: LtCol Dave Grossman and Nate McVicker

Embracing Technology for Safety of Students

Embracing Technology for Safety of Students – School Guard Phone App

Many feel as if our beloved country and our children are under ever greater attack, and if you fall into this category of belief you would be spot on. This can be seen primarily in the violence inflicted upon our children in our schools. Not a single child has been killed by school fire in the U.S. in over half a century but, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s report on school crime and safety, there were 57 “school-associated violent deaths” in our schools in 1997. In 2006, we had a new all-time-record of 63 violent deaths. The federal report is not yet available for the year of the mass murder in Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown Connecticut, but with 27 bodies in that school, there can be no doubt that year will mark a new record body-count in our schools.

See the statistics at HERE and HERE.

We can count the number of children murdered in our schools, and we know that this number is rising. In the same we know that, more than ever, our children are being bullied, hazed and threatened while in school. Much of this is due to social media and the violence children are exposed to in the media. It seems like children are simply not being “kids” anymore. When was the last time your child went outside to play hide-n-seek or swung from a rope, maybe climbed a tree? If you have to stop and think about it, it was probably too long ago. Our children have isolated themselves and now live in the world of violent video games, movies and social media which continues to be a factor in the epidemic of violence we are seeing in our schools.

Our country’s most common act of domestic terrorism has been coined an “active shooter” but this really should more accurately be called an “active mass-murder.” These senseless acts of violence continue to crumble the foundation of our nation, and we see the numbers of these incidents grow every year. There has been considerable discussion about the “prevention” of these crimes, but if you ask me the key issue is not so much “prevention” but rather “preparation” for when the next one occurs. Schools MUST be prepared for an act of terrorism and they MUST act quickly when faced with it. Denial is a “save now, pay later scheme” and if schools fall into the “denial world” they need a quick wake-up, since we have seen time and time again, that it CAN happen anywhere! It bears repeating, that there has not been a child killed in our country from a K-12 school fire in over 50 years, yet there have been hundreds of kids killed and injured due to school violence over the past decade! There are codes, and signs, and plans, and construction, and mandates, etc. which all act to prevent fatalities when it comes to a school fire. We now need to focus this same preparedness concept towards school violence.

There is ONE common conclusion that can be drawn from EVERY ONE of these massacres: a shorter police response time can and WILL save lives. Ever since the massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, law enforcement agencies have changed their methodology for response to these threats. Instead of arriving, setting up an inner and outer perimeter, and trying to mitigate and negotiate the situation (which does not work) while they wait for the SWAT team to arrive, law enforcement now understands there is NO mitigating or negotiating in response to an “active mass-murder” as this killer has one thing in mind: to kill and injure as many people as they can, in a limited amount of time. (Like a video game where they received “points” for their rampage, and like violent media that has trained and inspired them to commit these brutal murders). In today’s world, our law enforcement agencies have adapted somewhat of a universal response plan, in which they now rush to the scene once notified and enter the premises actively searching for the killer in order to neutralize the threat and minimize the bodycount. The question remains, “How can we expedite the notification and response process, so that the men and women in blue can save our children when the unthinkable happens again?”

As much as technology has contributed to this situation (through media violence and violent video games), technology has also created a path for us to reduce the notification process, thus reducing the police response time when tragedy strikes.

Think about it: the first people to know of an active mass-murder emergency are the people present at the situation. Mobile technology and social media have conditioned us to use these tools to post information, alert family members, take pictures, etc. Sometimes this happens BEFORE we think to notify law enforcement! As a quick psychology lesson, we have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. Our conscious mind is the mind we think with, analyze with and make decisions with. Our subconscious mind is by far more powerful as it is controlled by our autonomic nervous system (things we have no control over). When faced with sudden, chaotic, stressful events, if we have not rehearsed or prepared for that situation (as we have done through fire drills, where every child knows exactly what to do, due to continuous training, and has the proper response embedded within the subconscious) our conscious mind will not know what to do, and we will default to the subconscious mind to take over. Too often, however, there is no data in our subconscious mind due to no responses drilled into the subconscious ahead of time, when it comes to violence, because we have lived in denial and have not prepared ourselves for this possibility. In this case, odds are good that we will become a possible victim or a grim “statistic” in future reports on school violence.

Thus, we must train ourselves, condition ourselves, to not only be prepared, but also to notify law enforcement as quickly as possible in order to shorten the police response time and save lives. The negative aspects of modern technology also comes with some positives, and there is now a way to expedite the police notification process through a set of reporting and response tolls pioneered by a company called Guard911.

We know that these horrific incidents are usually very short-lived. Studies tell us that an average murder rampage will last only 5-12 minutes while the average police response is usually upwards to 10 minutes or more. Using technology and geocoding, Guard911 (www.Guard911.com) has created a mobile “panic button” in the means of a smartphone ‘app.’ It essentially places this mobile panic button in the hands of all teachers and staff. Created by a team of law enforcement officers and technology experts, it is now backed by one of the world’s leading experts in school related violence and our nation’s most sought out police trainer, Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman (www.Killology.com).

If you pull the fire alarm, the fire responders know instantly that there is a fire, and where the fire is located. Compare this to the steps that a teacher or school administrator has to go through to report an act of violence. First, you have to dial 911, but during stressful situations there is significant reduction in: fine motor control, near vision, and color vision, which can make it extremely difficult to perform the life-saving act of dialing 911. (Incidently, the only color that we can reliably see under stress is red, which is why fire alarms, fire exits, and fire extinguishers are always painted red). Then you have to explain what is happening, and where it is happening, but, again, during stress even these simple tasks can be extremely difficult. Clearly, there is a desperate need for a tool, a piece of technology that allows us to immediately report an act of violence, just as the fire alarm does for fire which is all activated effortlessly through a subconscious thought we mentioned earlier as your mind has been preprogrammed to act.

This Guard911 “app” has many daily features, but the most important aspect of the app does several things simultaneously, simply by pushing one big red “button” on your cell phone. First, it speed-dials 911 for the “activator” to inform the police about the situation. As the activator is waiting to speak to the 911 operator, the ‘app’ has already alerted all other users on property, providing them with a mapped location of the initial alert for situational awareness. The app has also alerted other properties within a 5 mile radius (as 20% of “spree killers” are said to go mobile) and while the activator is still waiting to speak with 911 the ‘app’ has already alerted law enforcement officers, on or off duty, who had downloaded a sister app which is free and exclusive to police called Hero911 (www.Hero911.org). This technology will speed up the notification process, thus reducing seconds if not minutes in police response time. As we all know, Seconds Save Lives!

Love technology or hate it, we live in a technological world, and we must learn to embrace it and apply it, in order to apply best practices to save lives. Children are posting these horrific events on social media before police are informed, because they are “preprogrammed” to do so. Thus we too must find a way to “preprogram” ourselves to use available technology to combat this epidemic.

It is often said that we are “one casualty” away from learning to be more proactive. Meaning that it takes the death of a student in our school before we take it seriously. Must we wait unto someone is murdered in our school? Or can we accept that it CAN happen ANYWHERE? Let us take a page out of the fire-fighter’s book and prepare for violence as we do for fire. Every time you see a big read “exit” sign, a red fire alarm, or a red fire extinguisher, ask yourself, “What have we done to prepare for school violence?”

Denial opens the doors of our schools to future terrorists, extremist groups, and others who would harm our children and further crumble the very foundations of our nation. We MUST get out of the “denial world” and move into reality. We MUST use the tools that we have available to us, in order to prepare for the unthinkable. There are some great tools that schools can add to their life-saving, emergency response “tool belts” and if we love our children, our nation, and our way of life, we MUST actively seek out and apply these tools… Please, let us reject the path of denial, and embrace the life-saving tools of preparation!

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

-Albert Einstein

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Active Shooter Incident Management

Active Shooter Incident Management

Active Shooter Incident Management by Chris Grollnek #activeshooterexpert

Active Shooter Incident Management
by:

Active Shooter Expert

Chris H. Grollnek

Abstract

The need for a standard and measurable response to Active Shooter Incident Management comes from past mistakes made by agencies in both public and private security administrations. During the past two decades, incidents continue to surpass other tragic milestones adding the validity to adopt plans and procedures by coordinating standard responses. The need to prepare for incidents through prevention, preparedness, a strategic response plan, and the recovery phase are important. The evolution of scenario planning basing a response to incidents from the past prepares commanders for the future. Incident commanders became so comfortable with their abilities; critical incident management was thought of as a need for major events. On April 20, 1999, critical incident response models known to the brightest commanders began a culminating change that few could predict. Columbine High School put the school-shooting phenomenon on the map and lessons from the incident continue to save lives with active shooter incident management.

Active Shooter Incident Management

Role of Scenario-Based Planning

Incident planning through the use of scenarios, serves as a focal point for teaching techniques and correcting poor decisions from the past. Terms such as table top exercises and practice drills assist in forward thinking. As stated by van der Heijden, Bradfield, Burt, Cairns, and Wright (2002):
Organizational learning introduces a number of interesting notions and observations into the discussion. For example, Edgar Schein suggests that to learn means, among other things, to:
• Recognize that we [sic] do not possess all the answers;
• Concede that we often do not know what to do;
• Question the basic assumptions we have long held.

This requires that we make ourselves vulnerable and as most individuals are reluctant to do this, Schein suggests that we go to extraordinary lengths not to learn (p. 174).
The discussion for scenario planning includes key points of learning from past mistakes. Scenario planning is the foundation for considerations during training and reactionary planning. Creating tabletop exercises assist in determining an agency’s exposure and allows managing the scenario with no tangible loss. At the end of the exercise the discussion of each variable and possible situation assist in assembling an appropriate response. One of the benefits of conducting scenario planning in a training environment allows participants to realize multiple sides of threats. These planning cycles are critical to the successful conclusion of critical incidents (van der Heijden, et al, p. 164).
Influence on Institutional Strategic Management
Lessons from scenario planning are influential in deciding the appropriate course and direction for developing a strategic plan. The evaluation of resource management and capabilities determine the agencies ability to provide the correct response to incidents. The four phases or lifecycle of a critical incident to evaluate include;
• Prevention/Mitigation
• Preparedness
• Response
• Recovery

The scenario-planning portion for an incident generally determines techniques to deter and mitigate incidents before they become critical. Shortfalls in equipment, personnel, technology, and assets determine how an agency can adjust their response model before a critical incident takes place. Mitigating dangers inherent to this type of incident is essential to reduce and possibly eliminate the plausibility of loss of life (Department of Homeland Security, 2011).

Through the evaluation of prior incidents and tabletop exercises, an institution will have an understanding of their level of preparedness to respond to a critical incident. If no response is possible that institution will have an understanding of preparations. The ability to respond is seen in planning and exercises. Coordinating a response and tactics, centralizing one incident commander for the lifecycle of the incident, and managing the response is the solution for negative influences.
The Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 taught valuable lessons of the lifecycle portion of an incident. The recovery phase of a critical incident does not mean the incident is over and no threat exists. Personnel need to remain alert and at the ready while tailoring this phase of the incident to a complete resolution. This leaves the incident commander in charge to delegate the response of other assisting and supporting agencies according to their protocols (System Planning Corp, 2009, pp. 7, 175).

Effects of the Critical Incident Management in Justice and Security Organizations
The effect that critical incidents can have on a workplace, school, or community in whole is devastating. The decisions made during a genuine critical incident will remain with the agency or organization that made them during the incident. Criminal justice and security organizations must be willing to learn from their own mistakes during exercises and be bold in their responses. Hostage and active-shooter incidents are the primary type of incidents agencies train for as they have the largest potential for a negative outcome. Through studying models of previous incidents and attending national training seminars, an outside looking in approach to planning assists in viewing the entire scenario. Another approach to evaluating agencies ability is to use active scenarios that may not be a full-scale critical incident but deploy resources as if it were one. This gives the “boots on the ground” the ability to work with equipment. The planners can see how their response model holds together in a deployable incident limiting the need to wait for a full critical incident to evolve. The incident commander can gradually work his or her way through an incident in “real time” with minimal risk (FEMA, 2011).

Conclusion

Active Shooter Incident Management for critical incidents respond to sporadic events that occur without warning and have the highest propensity for loss of life. Scenario planning assists in determining ways to mitigate and reduce the liability and exposure of justice and security organizations. Implementing training and preparing for encompassing scenarios reduces the risk of unnecessary loss of life. Planning and training for these types of situations continue to uncover new techniques and procedures that will no doubt assist others for years to come.

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Active Shooter Incident Management

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Church Shooting South Carolina

Church Shooting South Carolina

Active Shooter on Loose 

Authorities have confirmed to a representative of CGPGMG, the nations leading active shooter prevention training company, that several people were killed or injured in a shooting inside a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Authorities are reporting that several people have been shot during a Wednesday night bible study (approximately eight but reports are not able to be validated at this reporting) in a “horrific shooting scene.” This took place at; The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.” ANOTHER CHURCH SHOOTING!

The historic African-American church, located in Charleston, South Carolina is the site of yet another unthinkable event at the time of this report which is 2300 hours, central standard time, June 17, 2015.

Lockdown is in place at several adjacent locations to ensure no other casualties occur while a manhunt is on the way for the shooter. There has also been a bomb threat made on the church and authorities are taking no chances. It is believed eight people have been killed and one injured with possible others injured or deceased but authorities will not not confirm the details. “It’s really bad. It’s a very bad scene,” according to the local pastor, Thomas Dixon.  Mayor confirms; “all stops will be removed” to find this individual who carried out this heinous act. The FBI is being called in and it is being investigated as a hate crime.

According to witnesses, a man entered the weekly, Wednesday night bible study, held in the basement, and opened fire and then left the scene.  The suspect is still at-large. He is described by witnesses and police as a white male, in his early 20’s, sandy blonde hair, wearing a grey sweatshirt, possible smaller style build, clean shaven, wearing blue jeans and timberland boots. While one source says a man fitting that description was taken into custody, police say they are still looking for the shooter.

Police officials have requested anyone with information or witness to this tragedy to please call 911 immediately with ANY information. 

Past Incidents

Far too often we think of these incidents as isolated and ones that “will never happen here;” until they do!  There are far too many shootings in this county labeled “active shooter events” and subject matter experts need to be more involved to mitigate these types of risks. Employee prevention techniques and policy|procedure details need to be accounted for with common sense planning for reduction of incidents. These need to go well beyond teaching fighting and mental preparation standards, it is more of a “deep dive” into the psychology of an event, shooter, people inside and location.  Learning the culture of each and every facility, corporate office, church and public safety buildings are the beginning of a quality written survey and production of a well documented plan.  Following this type of process, appropriate risk analysis and plans can be employed to not only reduce these risks, bust most importantly, save lives and help others; says Chris Grollnek. If you do not come to CGPGMG, go somewhere, just make sure that “somewhere” is qualified to help.

More often than not, these locations become major news for events like these because of the “safe environment” they provide. As the Dallas PD HQ demonstrated less than one week ago, these mass murderers do not discriminate by target location. Everyplace is vulnerable but should not be paralyzed by fear. It is an equal balance of planning and understanding the real risks. People continue to demonstrate, those who wish to harm others will and do pick anyplace and anywhere.  Therefore, it is our duty as citizens to gain the best strategies available to reduce these liabilities. We send our deepest condolences and prayers for the families involved. Further, we offer any and all information that CGPGMG can to assist with this post incident if needed. Most of these offering are on the site at no charge!

It is important to note that these events, while tragic and hopelessly senseless are fluid situations and it is likely reports of another shooter were given.  One way or the other, when the lockdown is released of surrounding locations, police will be confident they have the correct person in custody.

About Active Shooter Events

Active shooter events are dynamic in nature and there is no profile of an active shooter. Hate crime or not, the bottom line is this was an active event that stretched the resources of normal operations of a city, town and even country. The typical motive is easy to dismiss as crazy but more often than not, they (the shooters) are “righting a perceived wrong” against them. At least that is how the majority who survive explain their actions aside from “voices in their head.” Shooters range from five year old girls to 85 year old men.  These incidents are over in under seven minutes by national average and police response times are typically 14 to 17 minutes by virtue of travel time. It is why CGPGMG offers so many free training programs for everyone who they deem are the true first responders. There are several free training videos on the site www.cgpgmg.com and links to free training and planning guides.

Chris Grollnek is one of very few people to have been involved in two active shooter incidents domestically who went on to get a post graduate degree in the phenomena of active shooter events. One event was as a police officer in 2010 at the McKinney Police Department (while on duty) and one as a husband and father (on vacation) in 2011 driving on Cape Canaveral Blvd in Florida to Ron Johns Surf Shop.

Very Respectfully,

Chris Grollnek

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