Don Shomette

People are the Prize

What Do You See Wednesday (Discussion & Review) 26 Feb 2014

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Let’s review and discuss the last, “What Do You See Wednesday from 26 Feb 2014.

First, here’s the picture:


Okay, so here’s the main thing I’d like to discuss.

White presentation board in the corner.

I sincerely applaud the school’s desire and efforts to enhance ownership.  This is fantastic.  I even think the presentation board is handmade which means that someone at that school made it to showcase the student’s work and that says a great deal about the character of the staff as well as the leadership of the school.  Well done!

My concern is its proximity to the stairs and the fact that the doors open out. If someone was to push it over it could be used to block or hinder evacuation from the building (trap people in).

I picked this picture because several of the school attackers have physically blocked entry and exits.  Every minute matters and I wanted to remind everyone that we must be prepared physically and mentally to force entry. And we can’t give them anything that can be used against us (delay law enforcement entry or trap our school community in).

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge ownership guy.  It literally breaks my heart to recommend that the school remove these, especially since the school is doing exactly what they should be doing.   We can’t stop celebrating who we are and what we do, which is one aspect ownership, but out of necessity we have to be more flexible.  School attackers are changing their methods to counter the great work we are doing.

We just have to stay one step ahead of them.

Author: Don Shomette

Don Shomette is a trainer, speaker, consultant, and owner of People are the Prize, a violence prevention company that helps people to prevent and survive a school attack. He has spent a lifetime working with police officers and principals and is consistently evaluated by those who attend his trainings as one of the best instructors ever. Don challenges, entertains, and helps school personnel to think of preventing violence in a new and positive way.

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