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April 2005 Edition

 

Safety Bulletin: April 2005
Chemical Warfare in High School


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Monthly Safety Bulletin Providing information to Promote safe Schools and organizations

 

1. Its not Sarin, VX or Mustard Gas....

 

Its not Sarin, VX or Mustard Gas....its' Steriods!The chemical that is invading high schools across America is Anabolic Steroids. There are confusing messages that enable this chemical attack. There is constant news about steroids in sports. Most agree that it can be harmful but then they exalt athletes who have admitted taking steroids. Even when the athlete makes a public apology, his records stand and he is still rich. Many students can go to college only if they get a scholarship. So, if a few pills will improve performance enough to get into college, what's the harm. For a more in-depth look at this problem among young athletes, read the article, Chemical Warfare in High School.


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2. Terrorism Update: Legislation Requires Schools to be Prepared

 

Terrorism Update: Legislation Requires Schools to be PreparedTexas is the latest state to enact legislation requiring schools to be prepared for Terrorist Attacks. Senate Bill 11 will require schools to develop an All Hazards approach emergency or crisis plans. This legislation like others, is aimed specifically at Terrorism Contingency Planning but with the idea that if you prepare for the worst you are better prepared for anything else. Others states have enacted similar laws and still others are considering doing the same. This is a great idea and Keys encourages all state legislators to consider introducing such legislation. At the same time, making a new law does not suddenly make school officials experts in counter terrorism or crisis management. The chances of any school having the capability to put together a tactically sound, fully integrated and coordinated Crisis Response plan is very slim. Another aspect of this legislation is a requirement for all schools to complete a Security Survey every three years, and again this is best down from outside. Vulnerabilities and broken procedures are not easily seen by those who work in the system every day.

 

Keys has helped schools in several states to fulfill their legal requirements while also meeting the real need of providing the best protection for their children. If you are not sure about your school's crisis response plan, training, practice drills, or overall security call or email Keys today.

 

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3. Part 4 - Intensive Help for Juveniles in Crisis: a multi-part series

 

Teen Wilderness CampsThis is Part 4 of the series.  You may refer to last months E-News to learn about Residential Treatment Facilitates.  If you need help faster, there are three trainings that help in this area; Behavioral Modification Planning, Dealing with the Teenage Years and our Alternative Learning Environment Training.

 

Recap:  There are 5 basic ways to get intensive help for your Teen in Crisis, they are (1) Boot Camps, (2) Boarding Schools, (3) Residential Treatment Facilitates (Programs), (4) Wilderness Programs, (5) Military Schools.  We will continue the series with:

 

Wilderness Therapy/Programs:

 

What is a Wilderness Program?

Wilderness therapy is an experiential program that takes place in a wilderness or remote outdoor setting. Programs provide counseling, therapy, education, leadership training and primitive living challenges that foster community and group interdependence as well as individual honesty, awareness, openness, responsibility and accountability. Although, not all programs are all the same. Check them out to see what component they have.  The terms wilderness therapy, wilderness program and outdoor behavioral health program are commonly used to mean the same thing.

 

Reason

The reason for this intervention is to separate youth from negative influences and to place them in an outdoor environments that are safe, help them to discover what they have taken for granted, and to create circumstances that lead to self-examination and learning to communicate, cooperate and contribute to the well-being of a group of peers. Therapists encourage and reinforce self-examination, effort and the changes that occur.

 

To see a list of Wilderness across the US

click here

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4. Keys is Expanding: Offices In Europe Opening Next Month. 

Articles This Month

1. School Violence:             Steroids

2. Terrorism Up-Date:

Legislatures Require Schools to be Prepared

3. Intensive Help for Juveniles

 in Crisis!:  4 of a multi-part series

4. Keys is Expanding:  Keys

Europe to open next month

5. The Law:         Control Bullying!

6.  School Violence Review

7.  Tip for Students:

Random Respect

8.  Featured Directors:      

 Meet our new Directors of the

newly opened Offices abroad

9.  Tip for Parents:

How to talk to your School

10. Wisdom in a One Liner

11.  Tip for Teachers:

Fights, What to do.

12. Up Coming Training Calendar.
13. What Others say about Keys

14. Co-Sponsor a Training in

 your area & obtain a FREE Slot

15. New Lower Prices:

Drug Testers

16. New!   Bus Driver Training

 Student Management &Terrorism

17. Contact Information

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Keys, National Service Center in Dallas, Texas  

Keys To Safer Schools.com, National Service Center is open and operating. We thank everyone for your patience and understanding during the confusing time of setting up a new office. Learn about Directors

     
Keys-Canada Office  

That has been followed very closely by the opening Keys-Canada.  The Director of Keys-Canada is Curtis Rutt, Sgt, MB.

     
Keys-Europe Office:  Located in Stockholm, Sweden  

The growth continues with arrangements for a new office for European operations being completed next month. Bo Munthe, SSSP is the new Director of Keys-Europe with offices in Sweden.

Addresses and telephone numbers will be published in the next news letter.  Again, watch the E-news for more information and thank you for your support.


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5. It's the Law: Control Bullying

 

LawsuitsA parent who is also a subscriber to the Keys Safety Bulletin has written an article describing his frustration with the system being less than responsive to son  being victimized by bullies at school. Keys agreed to publish this letter to let Administrators and others share some insights in this troubling area of public education. Read the article at: http://www.keystosaferschools.com/parent_article0405.htm.

The Texas Senate has just passed Senate Bill 152, entitled the Bullying Prevention Act, by Laredo Senator Judith Zaffirini. "In two-thirds of school shootings the attackers at one point felt bullied and threatened and harassed," said Zaffirini.. "What we are trying to do is not only focus attention on the issue, but also doing something about it to ensure our school environments are safe for our children," she said, adding that an estimated 160,000 students skip school each year out of fear of being bullied.  SB 152 would require school districts to revise their school discipline management programs to include bullying prevention and education measures. Keys To Safer Schools.com believes this is good legislation and holds further that addressing the needs in the Bully and Victim will produce longer lasing benefits for the school and the community through building Respect.

If your school needs a policy, program or training on bullying checkout Bullying Stops When Respect Begins. This is not an ANTI-bullying but a behavior replacement approach that emphasizes positives. It provides schools with knowledge of the domains that allow bullying: The Bully, The Victim, The School and The Parent and the biggest segment of all: the "the stand-by and do nothings."  Contact Keys today.

 

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6. School Violence Review:  Texas High School Coach Shot

 

Shooting in Canton, TXHe was known as a bully in the school and in the community. His public behavior was so bad that he had been banned from attending all school extracurricular activities. He sported a tattoo that read "Born to Raise Hell."   Many reported that they would do anything to avoid him and some had even reported his threats to the police. But he boldly walked into the field house, found Coach Kinne and shot him in the chest. He then fled and attempted suicide before being caught and rushed to a hospital. The biggest difference with this school shooting is that the shooter was a parent not a student. Read more details at: http://www.keystosaferschools.com/coach_gunned_down.htm

 

Canton, TxThe school, Canton (Texas) High School immediately went into a lockdown. As the coach was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, the word spread through the small community and dozens of parents showed up to get their children. The school stuck to their plan and assured the maximum safety to the students by denying parents access until the crisis resolved. Keys commends the school for having a LOCKDOWN plan and sticking with it. Does your school have a lockdown plan or a code or has it been practiced? If you would like details, contact Keys today.


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7. Tips for Students:  Random Acts of Respect.

 

Respect is the most important character trait in reducing bullying. The best way to get fellow students to develop respect is for them to see someone modeling it. That someone just might be YOU! Try being kind and showing respect for others, not just your circle of friends. You will be surprised at how contagious showing respect can be. Some ideas are:Random Acts of Respect

  • Hold the door open someone

  • Pick up books or other object accidentally dropped by someone else

  • Say "please" and "thank you"

  • Share

  • Greet new students and offer to help

After a short period of time, respect will come naturally and others will follow your lead.

Note to parents and teachers: The only way students learn a character trait is to have it modeled before them by their significant adults. 

  To learn more about responsible students go to Kids are the Keys.


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8. Featured Directors: Meet our new Directors of our newly opened Offices abroad

 

Bo Munthe, S.S.S.P.

Bo Munthe, SSSP, Director Keys-EuropeBo Munthe,SSSP, Director Keys-Europe is Sweden School Safety Professional (SSSP) and Founder of the International School Safety Association (ISSA). He is Certified by the National School Safety Center and  John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Bo holds black belts in several of the Martial Arts and is a certified Master in Budo. He has worked with LTC Dave Grossman of Killology Research Group developing violence prevention methods for school children. Most recently, Bo has taken on the daunting task of heading up the new Keys-Europe Office to bring Keys To Safer Schools.com's prevention programs to the continent. Keys is feels pride and enthusiasm at having Bo Munthe as a member of the team and all of our European subscribers are encouraged to contact Bo by email with any requests you may have.

Curtis Rutt, Sgt., M.B.

Curtis Rutt, Sgt., M.B., Director Keys-CanadaCurtis Rutt, Sgt., M.B., Director Keys-Canada has over 17 years experience in law enforcement and military special operations. Sgt Rutt is Certified as: Tactical Officer (S.W.A.T.); Underwater Search and Recovery Specialist and Instructor; Police Sniper; Use of Force Trainer; Defensive Tactics Instructor; Tactical Firearms Instructor; Search and Rescue Incident Commander; Immediate Action/Rapid Deployment Instructor; and is a Certified Trainer in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student Sgt Rutt was awarded the Medal of Bravery (M.B.) in 2001 by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada for his exemplary actions during a police diving incident. Keys To Safe Schools.com is honored to have such an exceptional individual as a member of the team as a Director and Trainer. All who subscribe to Keys across Canada are urged to call or email Sgt Rutt with your needs for training.

 

If you are a professional trainer looking for a platform to pursue your career and you in believe in Keys' Mission, contact Keys today to learn how to Join the Team. If you do not want to train but you believe in Keys' Mission and want to help spread the word about Keys go to the page Join the Team and complete the information requested.

To schedule these Trainers or any other Professional Staff Member, email Keys at Keys@KeysToSaferSchools.com.

 

Click to learn more about our -> Trainers or United States Directors

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9. Tip of the Month for Parents: My child in being bullied, how do I get the school to listen?

 

Teacher-Parent Conference

 

Often parents find themselves at odds with the school over things that happening with their children. When a situation has been going on for awhile, parents are usually emotionally charged when they finally confront the teacher or principal and the meeting does not go well. Here are some tips how to get the school to listen and act:

  1. Offer your help in areas the teacher has needs. It comes more naturally to help those who have helped you.

  2. Listen closely to your child to get the facts. Children will tell the truth but often mold it to meet their needs. Be sure you have the whole story.

  3. Try to handle every situation at the lowest level possible: student to student, parent to parent.

  4. When it is time to go to the school, follow this general path: teacher, counselor, principal, superintendent. Starting too high catches people off guard and requires them to back down the chain for information.

  5. Write down what you want to say. A good technique is to write while emotional; let the angry roll out of you onto the paper. Then put it away until some time has elapsed and the anger has abated. Now rewrite your thoughts sticking more to facts than to emotion. Don't mail it, take it.

  6. Arm yourself with the facts, about the incident, about school policy, about the law. Make your pitch about the problem, not about the school official.

  7. Be brief. Know what you want the school to do. Present your case. Ask for action.

  8. Elevate if necessary, but only if necessary.

 

Download handout on "Advocating for your child's Educational Needs" - Click Here

Download a National Report on ADHD - Click Here

Having trouble and need one-on-one help - Contact Keys Experts for advice


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10. One-liner of the Month:

  • "Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled."

  • Unknown

  • Send us your favorite one-liner today and look for it in future editions. http://keystosaferschools.com/Contact_Us_Sweepstakes.htm

     

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    11. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  Are You Prepared?

     

    Two of your students start fighting? You direct them to stop with no avail. You see blood in several places on one of them and fear that if the fighting continues serious injury could result. What do you do?

    1. Know your school's policy in regard to fighting, physical contact with a student, how to summon help.

    2. Send for help using a trusted student or the intercom system.

    3. Stay an arm or leg length away from the fray.

    4. Remove the audience.

    5. Speak in a clear, authoritative voice without yelling.

    6. Give specific instructions, such as, "I want you stop and move away."

    7. Defer to rules: "You know what the handbook says." rather than: "I am going to suspend you."

    8. If words fail, gently touch the more aggressive fighter and attempt to make eye contact, then give a clear directive to stop.

    9. Do not grab. Do not push, shove or throw. Do not yell. Do not physically intervene unless you have received specific training and your school policy allows such action.

    For more help in managing anger and violent behavior in the classroom,  contact Keys today or check out these trainings:

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    12. Training Opportunities

     

    Training for StaffMark these on your calendar and register today or call or email to set up a training at your school or in your community.

     

    Schedule or Co-Sponsor a training for you School or Community--email or call (800)504-7355

     

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    13. What Others Say About Keys To Safer Schools.com -http://keystosaferschools.com/WhatOthersAreSaying.htm

     

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    What Others Say About Us! The best advertisement is word of mouth. We truly appreciate the many kind and encouraging words said about us by those of you who have attended one of our training's or received another service from us. Those who are considering one of our services might find it helpful to review some of these comments. Please feel free to contact any of them that you recognize. If you have a comment about Keys To Safer Schools.com and would like to share it with others, please email it to us and we will place it on the site. To read some comments click here ->http://keystosaferschools.com/WhatOthersAreSaying.htm


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    14. Co-sponsor a Training Seminar.  http://KeysToSaferSchools.com/CoSponsoranEvent.htm 

     

    Would you like to have a training event in your school or local area but fear that you do not have the participation or budget to do so? Keys has a program just for you!  Co-sponsoring one of these trainings in your area.  We will bring the training to you and provide you with a Free Slot.  This would cut travel costs, hotel expenses, work days lost travel to and from event, food costs, car expenses, and you get a Free Slot out of it, too.  Again, what we look for in selecting a site are;

    • A site large enough to hold about 50-100 attendees,
    • A school willing to Co-Sponsor it...there are no costs in sponsoring it (see Co-Sponsoring guidelines),
    • Close to an Airport or a hub district for other school districts in the area,
    • A school willing to be a gracious host to others who attend and
    • a willingness to help us get the word out to surrounding schools/organizations in the area.

    It is a Win - Win arrangement.  If anyone has questions or desires more information about this training opportunity contact us (800)504-7355.


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    15.  Check out Keys Falling Prices on our Drug Test Kits

     

        Keys has dropped prices on all Drug Tester - Check it out.

     

    Parents, looking for a way to help your teen stay away from drugs or does your teen already have a drug problem and you are trying to help?  Parent's try using these Drug Test Kits in conjunction with your personal family drug policy to help your children stay off or away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco.  Parents are you concern about Date Rape Drugs?  Is your young adult going to College and you want to help them.  Keys has Date Rape Tester available now...check them out.  See links below.

    Or for information on large quantity discounts for Schools, Organization, Juvenile Courts, Business or others call Keys for a quote.  Contact us today at (800) 504-7355 or email us at the address below to set up your account for using Purchase Orders.

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    16. Bus Driver Training

     

    Have you ever thought of the school bus as a mobile classroom? Bus drivers are the first school official to see students in the morning and the last school official to see them each evening. Bus drivers need very specialized training to handle this responsibility above and beyond traffic training. Then, add in the incidents of terrorism and attacks against school buses and it becomes imperative to provide detailed terrorism and student interaction training to this very special group of people. To learn more about the dangers facing buses, read the article -> Bus Violence in the News

     Look to Keys to provide the best, tailored to your area Bus Driver Training.


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