Survivor of Heath High School Shooting Endorses SafeDefend

Missy Jenkins Smith, a survivor of the Heath High School Shooting and award winning author, has endorsed SafeDefend for its use of non-lethal advanced technology and a teacher training program which empowers teachers and ensures continued safety of students in the classroom.

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 5.15.51 PMMs. Jenkins Smith became a victim of school shooting violence on December 1, 1997, when a student at her high school randomly fired a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol in the school lobby. Fifteen-year-old Smith was among the five critically injured students and was left paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.

After the shooting, Smith felt compelled to become an advocate and speak publicly about her experience and the importance of a proactive approach to school safety. Smith said, “It’s very important for people to realize that this is something that can happen anywhere.” Smith believes that more work needs to be done in the domain of school safety, adding, “Students and teachers need to understand the importance of being prepared in the event of an emergency and that these events can be prevented.”

Since the shooting, Smith has accepted her disability and reclaimed her life by speaking publicly about the incident to tens of thousands of youth and adults, garnering national media attention. Additionally, Smith has written an award winning memoir, titled, “I Choose to Be Happy: A School Shooting Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy.”

Watch the full interview with Missy Jenkins Smith and Valerie Jennings:

 

Retired Director of KBI Endorses SafeDefend

Larry Welch, retired director of the KBI, endorsed SafeDefend this week. SafeDefend was designed by law enforcement, FBI and terrorist experts to teach schools to protect themselves during the critical minutes after an active shooter emergency.

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Welch said, “SafeDefend’s emergency response system is a reasonable and practical weapon in the arsenals of schools and law enforcement against those who would harm our children.”

According to Jeff Green, SafeDefend CEO and founder, “SafeDefend utilizes both a comprehensive protection system and training for teachers, students and staff.  We are thrilled to be receiving these types of endorsements from law enforcement in the community.”

Larry Welch, a native of St. John, Kan., was appointed as a special agent with the FBI where he supervised FBI operations in Kansas from 1961-1986. Welch has also served as director at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and director of KBI from 1994-2007. Welch is also the author of Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK. Welch retired from the KBI in May 2007.

Jeff Green, CEO of SafeDefend, Interviewed by 41 Action News

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Thank you to Deborah Tuff and 41 Action News for interviewing SafeDefend CEO Jeff Green.

SafeDefend and RAZ Mobile have recently teamed up in hopes of making classrooms safer. The two companies were originally interviewed via Skype and then a second story featuring Jeff Green at the Louisburg Library, one of his first clients, aired on the news.

When explaining how he came across the idea Green said, “I was the last person in my building after Sandy Hook. I was trying to figure out what we could do better. It seemed like everything we were looking at and considering, Sandy Hook already seem to have.”

That’s when the former school principal began working with law enforcement to develop the SafeDefend locker. The locker is similar in size to a shoe-box. The fingerprint activated security system notifies police automatically and tells them the location of the threat in the building. The locker contains supplies the detain the threat until help arrives.

“We have everything from high intensity strobe light, pepper spray, we have flex cuffs, expanded baton, window break; whistle, a trauma kit to provide immediate emergency response as well as a high visibility vest to help law enforcement,” Green said.

The each lockers cost $500 and there is a $59.95/month monitoring fee. The goal is to have one in each classroom of the school.

Raz Mobile , an online fundraising company for non-profits, is helping schools make that hope a reality. Dale Knoop is the CEO and founder. “We’re just helping SafeDefend go out and tap the networks of the parents and their friends and their families and their social media. You think about soccer moms on Facebook, (who say) ‘will you help get a system for my son or daughter’s school? Can you help afford $20 (or) $50?’ Knoop said.

Right now the Louisburg Library and a private school have SafeDefend systems in place and running. Four other schools in the Kansas City area just installed the systems, SafeDefend will announce who those schools are, next week.

SafeDefend Press Release Published on YahooFinance

 

Jeff Green, CEO and founder of SafeDefend, issued a press release this week about how pepper spray was used to stop an active shooter in a Seattle school. The press release was published on YahooFinance.

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Founder and CEO of SafeDefend, Inc. Jeff Green

Jeff Green, CEO and founder of a new startup called SafeDefend, is touting an alternative to stopping active shooters that no one else is talking about and it does not include arming teachers with guns or spending millions of dollars on safe rooms. What is this former Kansas elementary school principal talking about? A Personnel Protection System (PPS) designed by law enforcement and former FBI agents for schools.
Green said, “Many ‘less than lethal’ options exist for a potent solution to school violence of which pepper spray is a great option. However, to maximize this approach, it is imperative to have a variety of tools and training available so staff members can have a tactical advantage over the perpetrator. This can be done at a substantial cost savings over most other systems and was one of the reasons why I created SafeDefend.”

Kansas City Star Interviews Jeff Green about SafeDefend

 

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Thank you to Ruth Baum Bigus with the Kansas City Star for interviewing CEO Jeff Green last month about his motivation to start SafeDefend and his future plans for his new personal protection system. Green spoke with Bigus about how Sandy Hook pushed him to further evaluate his former school’s safety procedures in a crisis situation, which led him to collaborate with law enforcement and leave his job to develop SafeDefend. He found that most employees lacked a plan of action for emergencies “I created a system that provides staff and employees with professional training, tools to go with the training and response options and professional monitoring in active shooter or other emergency situations.”

Green also highlighted the tools provided with SafeDefend, his challenges with jumping from education to the business world and Louisburg Library, purchasing the system.