Skip to comments.Active shooters in schools: The enemy is denial
Posted on 12/15/2012 8:31:50 PM PST by Washi
In 1998, Grossman said, school violence claimed what at the time was an all time record number of kids lives. In that year there were 35 dead and a quarter of a million serious injuries due to violence in the school. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. But we hear people say, Thats the year Columbine happened, thats an anomaly. Well, in 2004 we had a new all time record 48 dead in the schools from violence. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. Lets assign some grades. Put your teacher hat on and give out some grades. What kind of grade do you give the firefighter for keeping kids safe? An A, right? Reluctantly, reluctantly, the cops give the firefighters an A, right? Danged firefighters, they sleep till theyre hungry and eat till theyre tired. What grade do we get for keeping the kids safe from violence? Come on, whats our grade? Needs improvement, right?
Johnny Firefighter, A+ Student
Why cant we be like little Johnny Firefighter? Grossman asked as he prowled the stage. Hes our A+ student!
He paused, briefly, and answered with a voice that blew through the hall like thunder, Denial, denial, denial!
(Excerpt) Read more at policeone.com ...
I recommend following the link and reading the full article.
Columbine happened in 1999. I'm always suspicious of an article that has a major factual error in the first paragraph.
Col Grossman is the real deal.
He has done a lot of research on killer kids. Also on how the training the military does to desensitize soldiers carries a high mental cost.
The author is the problem. Not Grossman.
No deaths from fire because there are plenty of fire extinguishers in schools? And students and staff are given lessons in using them?
This author is absolutely right. He knows his business.
To dismiss his qualifications because of a possible typo is ridiculous/
The guy does have a point.
I don't think missing the date by a year (or missing a typo) qualifies as a major error or need for suspicion. It does nothing to invalidate all that follows.
I never got any lessons in using a fire extinguisher until I was working.
Many fire drills, no actual fires in grades 1-12.
There were a few fires in the college dormitory (some deliberately set)
Well, the moral here is:
o If there's a fire set, put it out with an available fire extinguisher.
o If there is a shooter loose, disable him with an available firearm.
Access to the related extinguishing devices kind of discourages arsonists and shooters.
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