A Problem Out-of-Control, In Need of an Immediate Solution
The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting that occurred on April 20th, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine in Jefferson County, Colorado. In addition to the use of firearms, the complex and highly planned attack involved a fire bomb to divert firefighters, propane tanks converted to bombs placed in the cafeteria, 99 explosive devices, and car bombs. Senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold coldly murdered 12 students and one teacher and 24 additional people. The two assailants committed suicide after exchanging gunfire with responding police officers who stepped up to the challenge.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School incident occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza murdered twenty elementary school children as young as six years old, as well as six adult staff members. Prior to the attack on the school, he shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The incident was the deadliest attack on a school in U.S. history and the fourth-deadliest attack by a single person in U.S. history.
History of School Violence
Call for An Apolitical Solution
On February 14, 2018, seventeen people were killed and fourteen more injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida when a gunman opened fire on students and teachers inside the school as deputies from the Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO) took up positions outside the building. The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, allegedly pulled the firearm to assemble students in the halls for mass slaughter. He was identified by witnesses and arrested by neighboring Coral Springs police later that day. National Media reported that BSO received 39 complaints about Cruz and received at least one tip about Cruz's threats to carry out a school shooting. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) received a tip in September 2017 that a YouTube user called "nikolas cruz" wanted "to be a professional school shooter". In January 2018, the FBI's hotline received yet another tip, which alleged that Cruz had made a death threat and could potentially shoot up a school but these tips were never relayed to Miami FBI field office according to the FBI. This incident set off a national media frenzy, with students such as David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez calling for more gun control on the one hand, and others like parent Andrew Klein calling for the arming of teachers.
A week after the Parkland attack, while meeting with the President in the White House, covered live by national media, one parent of a student killed in the Stoneman Douglas incident challenged elected leaders to immediately fix the problem and take action to make schools in America safer.
"...It's school safety. It's not about gun laws right now. That's... that's another fight, another battle. Let's fix the schools... and then you guys can battle it out..."
--Andrew Pollack, Meadow Pollack's father.
Comes now, SchoolCivilDefense.com to offer such a solution and hand the playbook off to Federal, state, and local officials for them to run with it...
While there is an appearance that school violence is a 21st Century problem, there have actually been attacks on schools dating back to Colonial times. Let's take a look... One thing is for sure, the problem seems to be growing, especially plaguing first Millenials, and now the members of Generation Z.
Our Disappointment in Government's Handling of the Problem
Whether it is the failure of state mental health managers or Federal and local law enforcement to identify and mitigate the most recent risk, prevent that incident, and deal with the latest attack as it happened, it is time to recognize that citizens need to step up and contribute directly to a solution. There is no longer time to wait for Congress to debate gun and mental health policy to fix the problem. It is time for Americans to act locally. We need to demand our school boards and local law enforcment agencies fix the problem by using armed citzen Auxiliary/Reserve volunteer officers to protect and defend our schools-- and our most precious commodity, our children, on a local level. We therefore call on American Citizens to join us nationwide in our quest to apply pressure on state and Federal agencies and our elected representatives to help organize and fund the management of a volunteer citizen school protection program through a national DOJ Auxiliary Police Development Grant program.
Until Valentine's Day 2018, most people thought about Columbine or Sandy Hook whenever the topic of mass school violence was raised for discussion...