ESSN Directors Dr. Amy Klinger and Amanda Klinger, Esq. were the featured keynote speakers at the Buckeye School Administrator's Association facilities and safety conference on Thursday, March 16, 2017. The Klingers spoke on critical issues in school safety using an "uncomfortable self-assessment" perspective. The follow up breakout session allowed participants to explore the critical topics of violence prevention, lockdown enhancements, bomb incidents, and parent reunification more in-depth.
Those who threaten schools are often looking for “disruption” and “entertainment,” says Amy Klinger, director of programs for the Educators’ School Safety Network. “If we automatically react every time, we unwittingly encourage more bomb threats.”
Furthermore, some schools’ evacuation protocols are dangerous, says Klinger, also a former educator and school administrator. Evacuating children to a parking lot or football stadium, without first ensuring the parking lot or stadium is threat-free, may be moving students into another danger zone.
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ESSN's study of school bomb incidents was featured in the November issue of Campus Safety magazine. The article included a slideshow of the charts and data from the report. Click here to see the full article.
ESSN research on bomb incidents in schools was used as a basis for a review of the dramatic increase in threats in North Carolina. Dr. Klinger was interviewed as part of this analysis. See the full article here.
Dr. Klinger's research on bomb incidents in school was featured November 17 in a report by Amanda Smith of WKBN news in Ohio. The review of the ESSN research discussed Ohio's position as number one in the US in bomb threats in schools. Click here for the video.
ESSN researchers discussed a variety of issues associated with bomb threats in schools as part of a story in the York Dispatch. The York, PA area has had numerous bomb threats and related incidents so far this school year.
"Schools are in a really bad position," said researcher Amy Klinger, of the nonprofit Educator's School Safety Network. "People are going to be mad if you evacuate; people are going to be upset if you don't evacuate."
The number of school bomb threats the last academic year alone, based on media reports, was at least 1,267, roughly twice as many as in 2012-13, said Klinger, who also teaches educational administration at Ohio's Ashland University.
Her group estimates there were about eight bomb threats per school day last year, and that doesn't include other threats of violence and disruption. Massachusetts had the most in that tally at 135 bomb threats, followed by Ohio with 96."
"But those responses take a toll, and the threats are coming at a faster pace in recent years, according to Amy Klinger, a researcher with the nonprofit Educator's School Safety Network. Although there is no formal tracking mechanism for all threats of violence involving schools, the number of school bomb threats across the country in the 2015-16 academic school year totaled at least 1,267, based on media reports. That's about twice as many as were tallied three years earlier, she said. And that doesn't count the number of other types of violent threats, such as threatened shootings.But those responses take a toll, and the threats are coming at a faster pace in recent years, according to Amy Klinger, a researcher with the nonprofit Educator's School Safety Network. Although there is no formal tracking mechanism for all threats of violence involving schools, the number of school bomb threats across the country in the 2015-16 academic school year totaled at least 1,267, based on media reports. That's about twice as many as were tallied three years earlier, she said. And that doesn't count the number of other types of violent threats, such as threatened shootings."
"According to the nonprofit Educator’s School Safety Network, which tallies media reports, there were at least 1,267 bomb threats in schools across the country during the last academic year, roughly twice as many as in 2012-2013. That works out to about eight bomb threats per school day last year, researcher Amy Klinger said."
School-based bomb threats are increasing at an alarming rate according to a well-known national school safety expert who just completed extensive research on bomb threat incidents.
School safety expert Dr. Amy Klinger says her research over the last 18 months shows a dramatic increase in school-based bomb threat incidents both over the last few years and specifically during the 2015-16 academic year.
“While incidents have been gradually increasing since 2012, in the 2015-2016 school year U.S. schools experienced 1,267 bomb threats, an increase of 158 percent compared to that same time period in 2012-2013, and an increase of 1,461% since November 2011.” Klinger said. The report found that all 50 states and several US territories experienced bomb threats this past school year. “While this report focuses on United States schools, our data indicates that this is an international phenomena as well, with school-related bomb incidents occurring at an increased rate in virtually every continent in more than 22 different countries this school year alone.”
The study also found that in addition to an average of 7.77 bomb threats per day this past school year alone, four explosive devices were found in schools, and one detonation occurred in a school. As a new school year begins, Klinger predicts a continued increase in bomb threats, as “the number of bomb incidents in the month of September increased 307% from 2012 – 2014, with an average of 84 bomb threats occurring every October, which means this isn’t just a spring problem, it’s a year round concern.”
Klinger is the Director of Programs for the Educator’s School Safety Network, a national non-profit school safety organization based in Ohio. She also serves as associate professor of educational administration at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
“The vast majority of media reports related to school safety this school year have been about bomb threats,” Klinger said. “Our research indicates that bomb threats are currently a daily occurrence in schools.”
Her non-profit, Educator’s School Safety Network (ESSN), believes it is critical to move from mere speculation on this issue to 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, and it is significant.” she said.
“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,” Klinger said. “The question that must be considered is not ‘if’ an explosive device will be detonated in a school but rather ‘when.’
Dr. Amy Klinger and Amanda Klinger presented a full day skill building workshop and morning session presentation at the Ohio Promoting Wellness and Recovery conference at Ohio University. Great people doing great work!
The work of the Educator's School Safety Network is featured in the April 2016 issue of Mentor magazine, India's most respected journal for school leadership, principals and educators. The article, entitled "Emerging Issues in School Safety" discusses some of the critical issues facing schools throughout the world in ensuring the safety of their staff and students.
Dr. Klinger presented at the 19th annual National School Social Work Conference held in Baltimore, MD on Friday, March 11, 2016. The presentation focused on violence prevention measures in schools.