Aha! Good point, as most of this is aimed at the external threat, the shooter who is not a student.
Our High School Principal came out with a letter this morning, showing the ongoing policy for the student shooter angle. This was sent to teachers and staff, and I got it courtesy of my wife, a teacher. (bold is mine)
“As I look back on this week, I think about all the positive things taking place here. We have kids competing at State competitions, teams in playoffs, in addition to all the great things taking place in the classroom. Our hospitality committee provided a great lunch on Valentine’s Day, and the list goes on and on. When I hear about the events that took place in Florida this week. I think about how blessed we are that we have not had to face a situation like that, and pray we never do. I wonder, if there is one thing we could do to prevent it from happening, what would it be? I keep coming back to relationships. I know many of you work hard to build great relationships with kids, and I know some are hard to reach. I asked at our last faculty meeting, could we all choose one student a week to send a positive email home about. If we all had a student in mind, about 120 parents a week would be hearing from us. We may never know what that could mean in that student’s life or ours. I hope you all have a great Friday. Thank you for all you do. ”
This policy of establishing relationships with students has stopped several potential students shootings in the past couple of years.
It would not have stopped Florida, but in that case, the flags were missed from so many angles. Did the teachers know what the students are now saying was ‘common knowledge?’ In Texas, my area anyway, the kid would have been in front of police the first time a teacher was told about the potential threat. His social media alone would have gotten him in court, and on the radar years ago. Such as Nick Cruz simply do not go to school, if those flags are discovered by ANY school employee.
No system is perfect. We protect where we can.