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Bomb Incidents in Schools: An Analysis of the 2015-2016 School Year

This school year, school safety news has been overwhelmingly dominated by reports of bomb threats. At the Educator’s School Safety Network, we think it is critical to move beyond mere speculation on this issue to an analysis of actual facts and data. We have compiled the most current information on bomb incidents in America’s schools to determine the scope and severity of the bomb incident problem.

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Based on our analysis of bomb threat data and trends, the sobering reality is that an explosive device WILL be detonated in an American school, and we must be ready.

 

Concurrent with these troubling findings, school administrators and law enforcement officials find themselves in the untenable position of having to make critical decisions about bomb threat incidents with few established best practices, outdated protocols, and a complete lack of education-based training. More significantly, many school leaders do not understand the potentially catastrophic effects of a bomb incident or do not have the requisite skills to respond appropriately and effectively. 

It is critical to stop speculating, relying on “expert impressions” or utilizing outdated information, and anecdotes. Instead, we must objectively and factually determine the nature, scope and severity of the problem. 

States and/or localities must provide training for bomb incidents that is appropriate not just to the needs of emergency responders but contains specific strategies, skills, and information for school decision makers. Training should focus not just on response after a threat has been determined, but also on identifying vulnerabilities and violence and/or threat prevention activities. 

The Educator's School Safety Network Bomb Threat Incidents in Schools report featured in the Washington Post

Dr. Amy Klinger and Amanda Klinger interviewed about school bomb threat incidents.

ESSN experts interviewed on Canada's nation wide morning show

Dr Amy Klinger interviewed by the CBC

Amanda Klinger, Esq. interviewed by BBC news

Amanda Klinger, Esq. and Dr Amy Klinger with New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez

Amanda Klinger, Esq. on CBS 8

Dr Amy Klinger on Fox 44

Dr Amy Klinger on CBS 13

ESSN experts on CBC news Toronto

Dr Amy Klinger talks about her research focus


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Popular Training Topics

Beyond Lockdown: Creating and Implementing Lockdown Enhancements is a workshop designed for both the school and emergency response communities. The workshop presents school administrators and law enforcement officials with research-based information on the ineffectiveness of traditional lockdown procedures, and more importantly, with effective lockdown alternatives and enhancements.

Bomb Incident Management protocols should already be a part of your school's EOP, crisis plan, or safety plans, but many schools lack appropriate training or are following old, outdated procedures that were not developed specifically for schools.

Threat Assessment Management is a means by which a school or other organization can identify, assess, and manage individuals who are at risk for violence against themselves or others. The primary purpose of threat assessment is to prevent targeted violence by identifying individuals who may pose a threat to the organization.

Violence Prevention for Schools:  Effective, Low Cost Strategies that Work is a workshop designed for both the school and emergency response communities. The workshop presents school administrators and law enforcement officials with research-based information on violence prevention strategies that can be effectively implemented in schools with minimal cost. 

Consultation Services

Safety Policy and Procedure Review

This review determines the existence, viability, and liabilities of school and/or district policies related to school safety and security. Potential deficiencies are identified with recommendations for improvement and compliance. Areas to be examined include policies on:

  • Misuse of school technology
  • Crime reporting
  • Electronic communications
  • Gang affiliation, identifiers, and behaviors
  • Media relations
  • Compliance with medical issues reporting
  • Sexual offense and allegation reporting and investigation
  • Use of force guidelines for staff
  • Student threat inquiries and assessments

 Crisis Plan Assessment

In a crisis plan assessment, virtually every element of the organization’s plans for crisis prevention and response are critically examined. Potential deficiencies are identified with recommendations for improvement and compliance. Determinations are made about the presence or absence of critical elements, the scope and limitations of the plan itself, inadequacies and constraints of the plan that incur liability, the frequency and quality of training, the accessibility and usability of the plan, and the frequency and quality of updates.

Personnel and Internal Security Audit

This audit examines the level of security present within the personnel and procedures of the organization. Potential deficiencies are identified with recommendations for improvement and compliance. Areas that are audited include:

Compliance with state and federal requirements
implementation of practices to keep information confidential and secure
Policies and procedures for background and resume checks in hiring
Protocols for notifications of criminal arrests

Security Staffing and Operations Review
Consultants examine the organization, training, liabilities and protocols of the security staff and their operating procedures.

School Climate and Culture Assessments

The climate and culture of a school are one of the most significant elements used in preventing violence, bullying, and other triggers for crisis events. In this review, consultants use surveys, observations, interviews, and formalized assessments as qualitative and quantitative data to analyze the components of the school’s climate. Potential deficiencies are identified with recommendations for improvement and compliance.

Crime and Discipline Data Analysis

Using both existing and new crime and discipline data, a detailed analysis of the type, frequency, severity, and duration of potential crisis incidents can be established. Areas of concern are identified with recommendations for improvement and compliance.

Strategic Supervision Plan Development

Implementing an effective plan of strategic supervision throughout a school is a low-cost, high-results strategy to improve school climate and mitigate safety risks. Consultants analyze needs and formulate a plan for effective supervision in targeted areas.

Site and Facilities Inspection

The inspection includes a complete hands-on walk through of the facilities to examine:

  • Perimeter security
  • Signage
  • Security hardware
  • Areas for target hardening
  • Identification of hazards on the property and in the neighborhood
  • Access control
  • Visitor control
  • Communication systems
  • ID systems
  • Alarm systems
  • Inventory control
     

After the inspection, areas of concern are identified and recommendations developed to assist the school and/or district in threat mitigation.

Student threat assessment and inquiry Implementation

Consultants analyze existing threat assessment procedures to determine their effectiveness, practicality, and liability limitations. Assistance is given in developing new procotols, policies, and procedures for identifying and appropriately acting upon potential perpretrators and/or victims of violence.

School Infiltration

Consultants test the existing daily safety practices by attempting targeted infiltrations of schools and/or areas. Areas of concern are identified with recommendations for improvement and compliance.

Our experts conduct research and create content, but we also aggregate high-quality school safety resources from other organizations.

Every time there is a school shooting, we hear a lot of opinion and speculation, but have not seen any actions that will actually make schools safer.

While our country may not be able to agree on the polarizing issues of gun control and gun rights, it’s time to focus on the common ground which we all share:

No one wants to see kids dying in our schools.

Educators and advocates cannot easily effect fundamental changes in our society - like making people care about mental illness or having common sense conversations about guns – but we HAVE to make immediate, substantive changes to find a solution for safer schools.

  • Are you sick enough of seeing tragedies unfold in schools?

  • Are you sufficiently moved by the death and destruction caused by these violent events to overcome complacency and denial?

  • Are you ready to become a real advocate for kids?

Become a part of the SafeSchool Solution.

  1. Training – We must ensure there is appropriate, on-going, education-based training for all staff and students in every school in the United States.
  2. Violence Prevention- We must ensure that effective, low cost, research-based violence prevention strategies are implemented in every school in the United States.
  3. Threat assessment management- We must ensure that an active threat assessment management team exists in every school in the United States to identify, assess, and manage individuals of concern.

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But do it now, the next school shooter is already planning a tragedy.

The Educator’s School Safety Network is a national, 501(c)(3) non-profit that is spearheading this call to action.

We provide comprehensive, all-hazards, evidence-based school safety training and resources to K-12 schools and universities throughout the U.S.