Moving Beyond Run/Hide/Fight & Active Shooter Training in Schools
In 2002, the U.S. Secret Service presented recommendations for using a Threat Assessment approach to preventing targeted school violence, as an antidote to combat the findings revealed by the Safe School Initiative (SSI) launched in1999.
Since that recommendation17-years ago, multiple studies, repeated recommendations for threat assessment, guides for creating threat assessment teams in schools, and the introduction of H.R. 6664 - the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety Act of 2018, have been a focus of the Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Education, and Department of Justice with little observable improvement in school safety.
The Hard Target Living (HTL) curriculum helps bridge the gap between the wealth of professional recommendations and data currently available, and educators', administrators', parents', and students' understanding of that information. In addition, the HTL curriculum provides individuals ranging from young children to senior citizens, with knowledge and strategies to independently assess and manage their personal safety, whether they are at school, work, home, or public venues.
It is a monumental feat to ask those without professional security training, to identify potential threats in order to "prevent" a violent event perpetrated by another. It is also a burden no school professional should be tasked with on top of their established, full time obligations as educators or administrators.
An easier, more effective approach to ensuring a safe school environment is to empower all individuals, beginning in childhood, with simple strategies to independently assess and manage their personal safety, by teaching them how to identify and minimize, the vulnerabilities criminals and predators look for to exploit in the lives and activities of unsuspecting targets.
Contact HTL Consulting to discuss incorporating the HTL Curriculum into your school and empower your students with control over their personal safety.