SafeDefend™ Celebrates National School Safety Month By Installing Non-Lethal Security Systems In Blue Ridge Christian School

SafeDefend™ is helping Blue Ridge Christian School, located in Raytown, Mo., promote school safety by financing a total of $25,000 worth of non-lethal Personnel Protection Systems (PPS). A unit has been installed in every classroom, ensuring safety for each student and teacher.

The PPS unit, which was designed with extensive law enforcement input, is a biometric safe that is a fingerprint activated security system that will contact the police automatically notifying them that there is a threat in the building.

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Included: high intensity strobe flashlight, 8 oz. can of Gel 10% Pepper Spray, expandable baton, dual loop flex cuffs, window break on baton, high volume whistle, Trauma Pack with Quik Clot and High Visibility Reflective Vest.

Kathy Reynolds, Headmaster at Blue Ridge Christian School, said, “It is a perfect situation for a teacher who is not very violent to at least have a tool.”

SafeDefend Trains Teachers on School Safety

Teachers and staff at Blue Ridge Christian School trained by law enforcement officials on how to use the baton, which is included in each PPS unit.

In efforts to help educate students, teachers, staff and parents, Safedefend™ is promoting a campaign called seconds count. This has helped teachers and staff at Blue Ridge Christian School become better prepared in case of an emergency situation. There have been extensive training sessions with local law enforcement officials on how to activate the systems and use the items inside.

Kansas City School Staff Learns Safety Training

Teachers and staff at Blue Ridge Christian School trained by law enforcement officials on how to use pepper spray, which is included in each PPS unit.

Jeff Green, a retired school principal and CEO of SafeDefend, said, “Right now, the news media is reporting on school shootings and companies that hope to prevent injuries. As a former principal and a father, I understood the need for safer schools and the fact that schools need more funding options to implement these types of solutions.”

With active shooter situations tripling since 2011, it is crucial for everyone to be ready if a situation were to occur on a school campus. With these systems in place, it will help improve the time it takes for first responders to arrive at the scene in the event that a crisis were to take place.

Also helping this cause is Raz Mobile, an online fundraising company for non-profits. Dale Knoop, CEO and founder, said, “We’re just helping SafeDefend go out and tap the networks of the parents and their friends and their families and their social media.”

November represents National School Safety Month and all students, teachers and staff. SafeDefend™ is devoted to help keep those people safe at their school. The Personnel Protection System is a secure, non-lethal security system to help protect against intruders in the case of an emergency. If you would like to make a donation, you may do so here.

Sandy Hook Introduces Vital Security Features For New School Safety Plans

The events that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary school in 2012 were an eye opening tragedy for everyone across the nation. Even though the school had advanced security plans in place, their system ultimately failed to do what it was supposed to do: protect. In the effort to prevent another event like this from happening, Sandy Hook has developed new ideas on how to make their school as safe as it can be in order to protect their students, teachers and faculty. Curbed.com offers exclusive details on what new features will be in the school.

New School PlansPhoto via Co.Design

Construction on the new $50 million school began in October. The school will be fully equipped with the best security features in place, most of which won’t be obvious to the naked eye. The first safety feature of the new school is having only one road leading to the building. Drivers will have to pass through several security gates, and staff and visitors will have to show a valid school pass. The road is routed through two wetland areas in efforts to create more of a “natural barrier against unwanted visitors.” A unique design curve on the school will give teachers and faculty a clearer view of those entering or approaching the school.

There will be three main classroom wings, all of which will be able to be secured and locked in case of an emergency. The doors to each individual classroom will also have a new design that will feature better security than before. This will include a one-inch deadbolt in place on the doors which will be able to be locked from the inside. The windows on the doors will be moved away from the doorknob and will be equipped with an impact resistant glazing to protect from a potential shooter.

The best way to help prevent another scenario like this from happening is to take drastic security measures like Sandy Hook and have a system in place. After the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012, many schools across the nation acted and have implemented better security plans into their systems. It’s important for people to be aware of these security features in order to keep all of our students, teachers and faculty safe at school.

Jeff Green, a retired school principal and CEO of SafeDefend, said, “The tragedy of Sandy Hook certainly changed how we approach protecting our staff and students. Having a new school with a comprehensive approach to safety is ideal. Having the ability to be proactive in responding to a crisis increases our chances of getting kids home safely. We can no longer afford to be reactive. Our children are depending on us to keep them safe.”

Baltimore Police Break Up Planned Maryland School Attack

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The safety of students and faculty at schools across the country has always been a concern, but it’s an even bigger concern after the recent school shooting in Washington State and the break-up of a potential tragedy in Baltimore, Maryland. Security measures are constantly improving, but but there are still many questions as to what police and school leaders can do when seconds count most.

Police in Baltimore recently arrested a 16-year-old boy who was allegedly planning an attack on the school. Police had been investigating a series of car break-ins and were led to the boy, Sash Alexander Nemphos, who according to WBAL-TV had materials to make explosive devices and a gun. Police say Nemphos confessed to them about plans of using the weapons to attack and kill people at George Washington Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, where Nemphos is a sophomore. WBAL reports Nemphos has been charged as an adult in Baltimore County courts.

Like the school shooting incident in Washington State, Nemphos is not being described as a boy who fits the “mold” of a school shooter. A neighbor of Nemphos’ told WBAL-TV that Nemphos is “a sweet young man, very kind-hearted and a gifted artist.” She told the TV station that her daughter grew up with Nemphos and she would have never suspected he would have been able to concoct such a plan. This goes along with statements made about 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, the shooter in Washington State. He didn’t fit the “mold” of a socially awkward teen, either. He was described as very popular and well-liked. It’s just another example of how profiling cannot be the only way potential school shooters are identified. There must be plans in place to protect schools from any emergency situation.

This incident is just another reminder of how much seconds count in today’s world when it comes to the safety of our students and children. Jeff Green, the President and CEO of SafeDefend, commented, “I applaud the efforts of the Baltimore County Police Department in preventing a possible tragedy. Unfortunately this event and Washington State shooting reinforce the fact that the threats to our students are mostly likely coming from within the building. Protecting our students and staff with information and tools where they need them most, within the building, will save lives.”

Washington School Shooting Brings Up Questions About Suspect Profiling; Reminds Teachers And Students That “Seconds Count”

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The latest school shooting at a high school outside Seattle is raising more questions about how to best prevent school shootings in the future. The questions are mainly coming from the fact that the shooter in Seattle, 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, did not fit the mold for a typical school shooting suspect.

In recent years, the news has been filled with reports of school shootings in California, Connecticut and Colorado – and after each of those events, the shooter is usually described as being standoffish, socially awkward or a deeply disturbed individual. This was not the case with Jaylen Fryberg. Teachers and students at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Snohomish County, Washington described Fryberg as a popular and happy football player who was recently elected to the homecoming court. According to Marysville, Wash. police, Fryberg’s motive for attacking friends and his cousins is unknown: Fryberg texted three of his friends and two of his cousins to invite them to lunch. Once they sat down at the table, Fryberg opened fire, killing two of his friends and injuring the others before turning the gun on himself.

While police are still investigating the shooting in Washington state, one thing is known, Fryberg did not show warning signs of an imminent threat like so many of the school shooters before him did. However, according to The Washington Post, the way Fryberg set up his victims and carried out the shooting follows trends in a report released by the FBI. The Post points out nearly 1 in 10 active shooter situations involve the shooter targeting family members. More often than not, the shooter knows his victims or is at least acquainted with them, just as Jaylen Fryberg was.

Shootings like the one in Washington State and many others are never situations we want to see happening, but they are always good reminders of just how much seconds count. Megan Silberberger, a first-year teacher at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, heard gunshots when Jaylen Fryberg started shooting and ran from the cafeteria toward Fryberg in an attempt to stop him. Silberberger yelled at Fryberg to stop, and Fryberg turned the gun on himself shortly after. Silberberger’s actions in just a few seconds could have saved the lives of many other students and made it possible to get the victims to medical care quickly. Silberberger issued a statement to KOMO-TV saying, “I am a schoolteacher, and like all teachers, I am committed to the safety and well-being of my students. I reacted exactly like all my colleagues would in this type of event.”

With active shooter situations tripling since 2011, it is imperative to be ready if a situation occurs on a school campus. That’s why SafeDefend™ is promoting seconds count and helping teachers and staff prepare for emergency situations by giving them the training and tools they need. Jeff Green, a retired school principal and CEO of SafeDefend, said, “Threats are coming from the interior, not the exterior. Most schools are not prepared for a threat from within, and SafeDefend™ is actively working with schools to make sure teachers and staff are ready to react when necessary.”

If you would like more information on how SafeDefend™ can help your school provide emergency preparedness training, please contact us.