I stayed home yesterday evening and did not visit the MI school board meeting on Thursday! I hope you did not miss me too badly! I figured that I have sent you folks a ton of information in several areas . . . and I was not sure if my speaking again would have any greater effect.
I figured also that in the summer of 2018, there will the Street Fair, and perhaps, as previously, a school board member or two or others will be at a booth or circulating. If we have not had much contact prior to July, perhaps when I wander through the Street Fair, if and when there is also a school board booth, and if you wish and permit, we can review your thoughts on some of my recommendations!
However, I felt to write them down in summary form, again, with several comments:
1) The young ladies (and for that matter, the young men) should have the ability to take an rape awareness and prevention class including some basic martial arts ideas with practice. Of course, lots of people call these classes by names such as personal safety, and the guys at school have bullying and robbery to prepare for. So, it is danger awareness and response.
This would presumably be in the form of EAAA and/or in the form of the 6-week 2-hours a day class offered at Bellevue college. This should be either a part of a class or a whole class over a semester, depending on how much content the class-content-creator wishes to include. In the absence of providing a class to the young ladies in schools, once a year teachers should make all of the young ladies and the young men aware of the availability of the classes offered by the Bellevue college and the Redmond police department.
If it were me, I would include the content as found in the danger awareness class of Steve Tarani, a 2 hour class I took a few months ago at the WAC gun-and-knife show in Puyallup. Tarani is a danger and protection expert; he teaches people to be aware of possible dangers, to watch for signs of danger as things being out of ordinary, and to have a plan for possible dangers.
At Bellevue college, there is both the usual 12-hour class and there is also a shorter 2-hour class, in terms of the ladies or young ladies self-defense personal safety classes.
I recommend also that the young ladies be informed of their right to carry pepper spray and some of them may also wish to consider nail files. I hope the school is not made a dangerous place if and when some kid reads my blog . . . and starts to wonder about all the weapons found in the grocery store and drug store and generally not mentioned in certain school handbooks.
At least, neither the schools in America with martial arts classes nor the schools in Japan with them believe that martial arts classes or basic knowledge endangers everybody else.
I was reading today at foxnews and there is a story about a school leader in Pennsylvania who is arming his kids with rocks, in addition to a handful of the more usual measures–locks and drills and the ALICE training method against evil-doing shooters. I just went to xyz.com and I sent him a gift of a well-reviewed throwing star. I will try mine out myself in a bit, when mine arrives.
2) I believe that all schools in America of a certain size and/or of age junior high or of middle school should have protective security dogs or at least, strongly consider them.
Of further interest, Boeing after 9/11 set up a bomb and explosive testing and training facility for Boeing’s “new” (as of post-9/11) bomb-sniffing dogs . . . and Boeing allegedly lets local police do some of their police dog training there for free. Apparently some of the bomb & explosive sniffing dogs have been picked up from some animal adoption place for less than $200, and trained for nearly free or free at the Boeing facility. If a school wished to have a dog be trained, I would make the guess that the Boeing bomb-training-dog-sniffing place might be available for free.
Some schools with protective dogs have them attack trained and some with protective dogs have them trained for only sniffing out the bombs, explosives, firearms and gunpowder. So if a random person in the community were to be paranoid about a dog with attack abilities and training, you can have a dog which is primarily trained to be on the alert for guns and explosives, and the dog be not trained in taking an evil-doer to the ground.
Apparently the school in Parkland, Florida is going somewhat overboard or at least questionably overboard with its new version of security. I read that they may be requiring clear backpacks, name tags or badges, having a swarm of armed officers and they are pondering metal detectors.
The question is, for some schools, if you/they are pondering the metal detectors, would a firearm-sniffing-out dog be better and faster? I would kind of hate to be a kid and wait most days for 30 minutes to get inside of the school when there is a long line of people to be checked. If a dog will smell the firearms, are they better than metal detectors? I do not know, but the firearm-sniffing-out dogs seem to not be utilized much.
According to the website of the American charity that gives away security dogs to police and school districts, their gifted dogs have nabbed between 1500 and 2000 weapons, if I recall correctly, and helped seize huge amounts of unprescribed narcotics.
3) I still have not heard back from . . . or from some of you that most of the high school and the middle school kids know the meaning of the phrase run hide fight.
You folks must presumably have had some practice drills and procedures for the presence of evil-doers . . . maybe you folks have something even better than “run hide fight,” since there are some groups and/or some agencies which have a training procedure they think is better. However, even if you have something better, it would seem that the kids of MI should know the meaning of the phrase and the basic concepts of run hide fight.
In the last year, there were 2 schools in particular in which, it is alleged, from what we read in the news, that the behavior of one or more kids was not per the principles of run hide fight, and a failure to follow the principles contributed to the kid being shot and/or killed. A kid, unarmed, unthinkingly approached an evil-doing shooter, before he or others were locked in place or hidden or escaped or so the news reports to us.
Innocent persons approaching a shooter while innocent and unarmed is not completely absent . . . Supposedly one of the heroes of the Parkland shooting is a teacher who tried to save the lives of others by placing himself in danger by his going back inside and he was shot and killed. Supposedly he went back toward the shooting site unarmed; he died; maybe a kid is alive who would otherwise have been shot; we do not know. But some people do approach evil-doing active shooters. The result is usually death; I hope that the staff and administration of the Blue Mountain school district has a lot of sharp pointy things for any evil-doing shooters who get past security.
You wish you could supply them with all kinds of stuff, though I do not know if too many school administrations would be happy with throwing stars and knives in the bags and purses of their teachers . . . but in any case, unarmed, lightly armed or not, there are students and teachers and adults who will in fact approach an evil-doing shooter, if they have not been otherwise locked down in place.
4) At some point someone should think about having a little class or discussion with the kids about what to do when they find a firearm at home or in the park. Maybe you folks do this already. I don’t know. I just know that last summer a kid of 2nd or 3rd grade age showed me his 9mm unfired round he got from his dad’s loaded glock, though the kid gave the brand of gun a different pronunciation. He and his friends engaged me in conversation about my sword; I said it was a conversation piece, among other things and he then showed me his unfired bullet souvenir in his backpack. Later, Officer Anna suggested that it would have been helpful if I had tried to get the kid’s name and address so an officer could speak with the dad about safer firearm storage, but that did not even occur to me at the time. A 2nd officer I know said he hopes the kid does not bring his unfired ammunition to school and show it around, because he figured that unfired ammunition would be regarded unfavorably by school staff. The kid I am sure is perfectly innocent, but you never know if a teacher or principal would become more agitated. According to the news, once in a while, some of them are insane, when it comes to these things.
(If you folks who are reading this do not know the story, I walked over to the MI street Fair in July 2017 and I was wearing my katana. At various times some persons engage me in conversation on the topic and among those at times are kids/boys of elementary age. And, in one of those conversations, on the sidewalk near the New Seasons grocery, this kid showed me unfired ammunition from the loaded gun of his dad. The kid had unloaded the gun, removed a bullet, tried to put the bullet back in, given that up, kept the extra unfired round and then put the clip back in and the gun back where it was. Ha, ha, a very creative and ingenious kid. A future Marine . . . But once in the while a kid who thinks he knows what he is doing does not and shoots the gun and kills or wounds someone without realizing what he or she is doing. So, some kids need danger or safety or fear training when it comes to guns they find at home or in the park and some parents wish that all the kids avoid the loaded guns completely.)
5) Re the p.e. classes, I reviewed the p.e. listings of Roosevelt and of MI high schools when I was doing research on the topic of young ladies personal safety. It seems like you have a class of a mixture of games and a class of yoga and perhaps a few others.
If you do not already do so you may wish to consider having a “barre” class since those are a lot of fun and you may wish to have a belly dancing class, since those also can be fun.
I remember pe class from junior high long ago. We did flag football and soccer and bowling and basic wrestling and basic gymnastics and a little track type of things. The classes I remember from a few dozen years ago seem to be approximately the same as your more generalized game class, with the exception that your game class sometimes seems to include ping pong.
Back when I went to junior high, the only games I actually continued with or did were games that we never did in pe class.
You folks now do a yoga class. Maybe barre classes are part of your yoga class; maybe not. Forgive my not having any scientific research to bring to prove the point, but I would make the guess that some of your kids would benefit from barre class and some would benefit from Latin dancing class and from a belly dancing class.
So, if there are several offerings per day of this generalized game class, including ping pong and bowling, someone may wish to include barre, Latin dancing and belly dancing, either as a part of the more generalized games, or as a stand alone class.
Some kids will enjoy it and it will help make their day, I wish to guess.