School Safety (Shootings) And You (SSAY)
A Lesson Plan for School Leaders Who Want to Educate
Students About the Urgent Topic of Violence and
Their Personal Responsibility to Avoid It…and How to Do So!
SPECIAL NOTE: This Lesson Plan goes very well with, and is supported by, other popular School Safety Lesson Plans obtainable at the TpT “SAFE KIDS SAFE SCHOOLS” site.
The October 1, 2015 mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon brought the number of school shootings this year to 45.
Since the 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, there have been 142 school shootings in the United States. That means there has been an average of almost one school shooting per week.
The above data come from gun control advocacy organization Everytown, “a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.”
Fourteen Questions You, A School Leader, Must Consider
How would you rate yourself right now, on a scale of 1 to 10 (one being failure; ten being perfect), on maintaining totally safe schools, from the last, most recent past school year, to right now, this very second?
Do you share your school safety education curriculum topics and personal and social behavior rules with your counterparts and peers at other schools?
How would you know if somebody walked onto your campus with a loaded gun? Would they “check into” your school’s Main Office? Vault over a back-campus fence? Sneak and blend in with other students? Or just rush onto campus wildly, shooting anybody in sight?
Do you have security hardware, such as Closed Circuit TV and alarms, and are they regularly maintained?
After news of school shootings, such as the horrid murders committed October 1, 2015, on the campus of Umpqua Community College, do you survey and assess your campus to ensure it is as safe as it can be, with regard to law enforcement standards and student responsibility education administered in the classroom and at regular assemblies?
Do you engage in curriculum overhauling and improving to update and inform students about such “hot topic” unlawful behaviors like date rape, driving under the influence, and any other reckless, irresponsible, and unlawful behaviors?
Does your school use a public alert advisory that is played throughout the school day, warning about suspicious persons or packages, verbalized and written threats, and illicit and illegal drugs and weapons on campus? (An example of a “public alert advisory” is the kind of warning system you hear inside airports regarding “suspicious bags, packages, and abandoned luggage.”)
[The questions are continued in the SSAY Lesson Play.]