Just how observant are we?
We think we are watching our surroundings, but most likely we are busy with our routine of the day or have our heads buried in our phones and not paying attention. Most students reported odd behavior of mass school shooters when it was all too late.
In 2018 during the spring semester, there were 23 school shootings in the United States where someone one was killed or hurt. That averages out to a shooting per week. On May 18, one of those mass shootings occurred in Santa Fe, Texas, where 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis took a shotgun and a revolver into the high school. It took only a few moments for Pagaourtzis to gun down nine students and one teacher and wound 10 others.
With school just starting back, we have compiled a list of specific behavior you and your student should look for if you think your school may be a target.
If you See It, Say It.
- People drawing or measuring school buildings.
- Someone asking questions about security or building security procedures.
- Briefcase, suitcase, backpack, or package left behind.
- Cars or trucks left in a no parking zone.
- Intruders in secure areas where they are not supposed to be.
- Chemical smells or fumes.
- If you know someone is purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons.
- If you observe someone who appears to be nervous, or making nervous glances.
- If you see a weapon of any kind, report it immediately.
Listen and trust your instincts.
These are just a few tips, for more information you can go to Homeland Security. If you witness any of these behaviors, report it to the closest teacher or school official. If you are in any kind of fear and have your phone with you call 9-1-1. Bottom line: be observant and if you See It, Say It.
Let’s keep our schools safe this school year.
Sources: Homeland Security, CNN