To defeat the issue of active shooters, we must first understand the issue. The United States FBI identified 160 active shooter incidents that occurred in the United States between 2000 and 2013. During the first 7 years included in the study, an average of 6.4 incidents occurred annually. In the last 7 years of the FBI study, that average has increased to 16.4 incidents annually. The accelerating trend reinforces the need for increased active threat training at our schools and places of employment.
The FBI has determined that devastation from an active shooter can occur in a matter of minutes. Of the 160 active shooter incidents, a duration of the incident could only be established for 63 incidents. In addition, 107 (66.9%) of the 160 incidents ended before police arrived and could engage the shooter, either because the shooter had committed suicide, the shooter had fled or citizens intervened.
We must deter potential active shooters from initiating terrorist acts in our schools and places of employment by securing those environments individually. A team consisting of US Military Veterans has developed a complete school safety solution called SHELTR™ (Structured “Hazard – Emergency – Lethal Threat” Response).
Building the American Fulcrum details The SHELTR™ K-12 Program—A complete school crisis mitigation solution structured to protect children, teachers and staff in schools across America (www.sheltrusa.com). The SHELTR Program™ is a non-lethal program designed to keep the primary mission of our US schools that of teaching our children in an open environment conducive to learning. We must not make our US schools militarized in look or design, however, we must take measures to keep our learning environments safe. We must also take these security measures in our universities and workplace environments.
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