Dr. Amy Klinger was the featured guest blogger this week for Peter DeWitt’s Common Ground Blog in Education Week. The blog post, School Safety Means More Than Active-Shooter Drills, can be found at https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2019/01/beyond_lockdown_adopting_an_all-hazards_approach_to_school_safety.html
ESSN’s Amanda Klinger was the featured expert in a recent Nashville media story on the frequency and impact of lockdowns on students. Klinger gave suggestions and insights on the need for good communication as part of an effective lockdown. Click here to see the full story.
Dr. Amy Klinger was a recent guest on KJZZ radio in Arizona. She was the featured expert on The Show to discuss the implications and issues raised by the recent release of the report on the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School. Click here to listen to the program!
“It’s beneficial what we see, to identify trends and determine what is different about each case. The only way to prevent these is to know where they are coming from. We need to look at whether there was a disclosure of information. Were other people concerned. Were people egging them on, if there was a catalyst,” Klinger said.
How To Talk To Kids About School Safety
“Ask kindergarteners what we’d need to do if we needed to get out of the classroom in a hurry so that no one gets trampled or left behind,” she explained. “We’d be careful with our bodies when we leave, we’d follow the teacher, we’d pay attention and we’d use our listening ears and our looking eyes. That’s not scary.”
Read the full article here: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-school-safety_n_5b9a6ee8e4b05092ceee1d23
"I think that it's something that we're under prepared for," said Klinger, director of programs for Educator's School Safety Network. "A lot of schools don't have anything in their crisis plan or in their training that speaks to bomb threats, that speaks to detonation, that speaks to suspicious packages all sorts of things."
Read the full article here: http://www.wtol.com/story/39150625/defending-against-school-threats/
Amy Klinger, director of programs for the Educator’s School Safety Network, which does consulting and threat assessment training, said there should be equal money spent on technology or hardware and training, and that metal detectors are proven not to work.
"We need to come to an all hazards approach to school safety so it can't just be the only thing we worry about is an active shooter," said Dr. Amy Klinger, director of programs for Educator's School Safety Network. "We really need to be prepared for all of those things and I think it's important for parents to understand there is so much that we can do, this is not a hopeless situation."
While Dr. Amy Klinger's statistics on school safety are shocking she says there's a lot to be done and it's not necessarily buying more safety equipment.
"We have to come at this from an education perspective because we are a people business so you need to invest in people not stuff and not just a law enforcement perspective, an education perspective," said Klinger.
Read the full story here: http://www.wtol.com/story/39108665/st-francis-addresses-school-safety-brings-in-expert/
“I get very concerned when we’re outsourcing that work to technology. Every school in America has a teacher in every classroom, so have we trained those folks first to do that work?” Klinger said.
Amanda Klinger, director of programs for the Educator’s School Safety Network, said the organization sees “a lot” of apps aimed at keeping students safe.
She said they can be a helpful tool but cautioned against what she said is an increasing tendency among some educators to rely on technology for school safety rather than building relationships with students, which can help students feel comfortable reporting problematic behavior to adults.
Specifically, Klinger said there’s been a more than 60 perccent jump in threats against schools in the last year. Of those, about 800 were bomb threats.
But just because they didn’t involve guns, Klinger said there’s still plenty of reason to be concerned.
“If every gun in America magically disappeared tomorrow, we would still have school safety issues," she said.
Much of the reason behind the huge increase, Klinger found, was due to heightened attention around school safety.
“It’s in the media more. It’s in the consciousness more,” she said.
Read the full story here: https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/local/school-threats-jump-60-percent-in-the-last-year/63-591995831
More than 700 educators from the U.S. as well as other countries participated in a webinar today sponsored by Blackboard and hosted by EdWeb. Dr. Amy Klinger and Amanda Klinger were the featured presenters discussing “School Safety: It’s Not Just About Active Shooters”. Today’s webinar surpassed previous attendance records for the webinar series.
ESSN experts Amanda Klinger and Dr. Amy Klinger were featured on the EduTalk national radio show today. They discussed a variety of school safety concerns and issues with host Larry Jacobs. Click here to listen to the show.
ESSN expert and attorney Amanda Klinger was interviewed as part of media coverage regarding an Ohio based threat. She discussed the critical need for educators to be trained to respond to threats of violence as well as incidents of violence. Read the full story here.
"There's a delicate balance because the school district has to take threats made against a school seriously," Klinger said. "But it puts the school in a tough position because a communication can cause uproar among parents."
"Having plans and policies in place before things like this happen is key so (district officials) can be sharing the appropriate amount of information so people feel safe and secure and aren't unintentionally scared," Klinger said. "... But a lot of people are winging it on a case-by-case basis. Our educators have a difficult job to address the community but not to cause panic."
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