Back To School Safety

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #198: This week, because a new school year will soon begin (if yours hasn’t already), I’m sharing information on school safety.

With the new school year upon us, there has been a lot of talk on the news about bulletproof backpacks or ballistic backpacks. They also have inserts to make the pack even more impenetrable.

Some schools and businesses are installing emergency response shields near the fire extinguishers and AEDs (Defibrillators). The shields are smaller but similar to what you see law enforcement holding in front as they approach a scene when gunfire is occurring. There are also inserts that can be added to backpacks.

Until schools are safe, protecting your child with bulletproof, bullet-resistant gear may be the way you want to go. If so, be sure to do your homework, so you don’t purchase something with inferior effectiveness that gives you and your child a false sense of security.

I’m not an affiliate, but one company I’d recommend is Hardwire LLC. They’ve been making products for the military and law enforcement for 20 years—and have added products for schools and students. They’re currently running a Back-to-School sale on backpack inserts.

Conversations With The Kiddos

Internet access has provided children with news they previously might not have known about. Parents must assume their child has heard about school shootings. Here’s an excellent resource: The National Education Association asked the National Association of School Psychologists for advice on How To Talk To Students about school shootings and other traumatic events.

Violence Prevention

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has an Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence available for free. In the introduction, they wrote, “When establishing threat assessment capabilities within K-12 school, keep in mind that “there is no profile of a student attacker.” I feel certain parents of school shooters would say they had no idea their child could kill. Although I found the guide to be another excellent resource, talk is cheap. Schools must “walk-the-talk” and DO what their policies say they’ll do. Does your child’s school have a Threat Assessment Team?

Tips For Parents

Lastly, I recently published an article on Back to School Tips for Parents. Easy things you can do to help your child survive the turbulent school years.

Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Wishing you and your students a happy school year. Stay vigilant!

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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Death Journal

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Robin Lyons blogBLOG POST #193: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving two 17-year-old high school students.

All it takes is an anonymous call and an astute Sheriff’s Office to thwart a potential school attack.

The tipster had seen one of the student’s journal entries detailing the plot against their school. Much of the evidence presented in court came from the students’ journals. Both teens had an obsession with the Columbine High School shooting and the perpetrators.

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Dumb Stunt On Snapchat Sent Two Teens To Prison

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #191: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving two teens who thought a fake school threat would be funny.

Not Funny

The two boys, one age 18 and the other 19, previously attended the high school they targeted. But it was all to pull a prank on a friend.

They created a Snapchat account in the friend’s name. Grabbed some photos from the friends’ social media accounts and posted them to the fake Snapchat account. One photo was of the friend holding a gun—another person’s gun.

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A Typical Morning At The Home Of A School Shooter

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #185: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a middle school student who planned to kill people.

PLOTTING

Leading up the school shooting, the 13-year-old student had searched the internet using the terms Columbine, Sandy Hook, school shooting memes, what was the largest mass shooting in America, and he also searched for a blueprint of his middle school. The school had approx., 1,300 6th-8th grade students.

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Killer High School Friends

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #184: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving three high school friends.

She was a 16-year-old honors student living in a small close-knit community when she went missing. After her parents reviewed the security video from their apartment complex, they saw she’d slipped out her bedroom window and got into the back seat of a car. The video was too grainy to see make, model, or license plate number.

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