to Roosevelt students and staff re shootings

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Greetings students and staff of Roosevelt High School and any nearby residents,

You may know or recall that I distributed a note to some of you a few months ago about a possible lack of rape prevention education in some schools (in terms of fighting and self defense) and some bad possible results of that lack in Mountlake Terrace High school in the past 18 months.

I did not know if I would follow up with any notes on any topic, but it appears that some things would be useful, in light of the shootings in the high school near Spokane, Washington this week.

The items of news are that 1) there was a study done on a program called EAAA in some universities up in Canada a few years ago.  The program included a few hours of some basic physical self-defense ideas and interactive practice.  In the study, there was also a control group and the study group and the control group were randomly chosen.  As of one year after the EAAA class intervention, the study group had about ½ the rate of completed rape and 1/3 the rate of attempted rape compared to the control group.  EAAA is one of the few–perhaps the only method—statistically proven to substantially reduce rapes among college age women, when its results are measured over more than a few months.

That would be very impressive and it would tend to be something that school administrators should include in their cirriculum, but of course, it includes the idea of teaching girls to fight.

2) As some of you may know, there was a shooting in a high school near Spokane this week.  I did some checking and here is what I found.  By state law, all public schools are supposed to have lockdown training or practice a few times a year in Washington state.

However, lockdown training may or may not include all the principles of Run Hide Fight or Move, Escape or Attack.  Police generally consider the principles of Run Hide Fight to be superior to ordinary lockdown training and some police prefer even another version called “Move, Escape or Attack.”

I see a friend in Seattle for some regular visits and, among other things, on Thursday we discussed the shootings.  This friend has kids and his kids are of age to be in schools and are in Seattle public schools.

I asked if his kids had had any Run Hide and Fight training in school.  He said no and he claimed to be certain that they had not had run hide fight training.  His oldest is not yet of HS age.

My friend claims that the Seattle school district is very transparent and communicative and he believed that if Run Hide Fight had been offered in the schools, that he would have heard it from the school.

Run Hide Fight training refers to a recommended procedure to be adopted to survive an active shooter, though some police believe we should use an instructional model of “move, escape or attack.”

On Friday, September 15, 2017 I was walking at Mercerdale Park and I encountered five kids of middle school or high school ages.  I asked them which of them had had Run Hide Fight training.  One of them said she had; the four others either had not had it at all or did not remember having it.  Either this means that Mercer Island schools do not have run hide fight training for students of middle school age or the four students have forgotten it or do not remember the name of the training.  Note that even the one girl who said she had had “run hide fight” training said it was once, 2 years ago.

 

If you wish, go to google and type in Seattle schools run hide fight training.  You will find that the response that comes up has the words run hide fight lined out because they are not found in the same page with the words seattle schools training.  Either a bunch of Seattle schools are not doing Run Hide Fight training or they are keeping it a great secret.

Maybe the Seattle schools do Run Hide Fight training for kids in high school, but maybe they have not yet done it for the younger kids.  By state law, all schools are supposed to do a variety of lockdown drills each year, but maybe these drills do not always include the ideas of Run Hide and Fight, or, Escape or attack, or an awful lot of kids are forgetting the name of the training, such as those at Mercerdale Park.

In any case, I don’t know if you folks have had any Run hide fight training, but coincidence came up that suggest it is good and reasonable for me to write you this note.  If you have not had Run hide fight training, consider asking your principal, teachers or a local helpful police person to come to the school and give you some instruction.  However, even if no one does training in class, you may view trainings at youtube.com.  To see some kids in schools being in class with training, search for Oregon Trail.

In other news, some of you don’t have much gun safety training.  By this I mean that for some of you, it would help you to not pick up a gun you might find in public or at home.

In July there is a parade and Festival every year at Mercer Island near the downtown business district.  I walked over to the parade and festival on both days and I was wearing my sword while I walked over.

On Sunday, July 9th, this year, I was walking to the Fair and there were 3 kids who asked me about the sword I was wearing.  I said the sword was at times a conversation piece, about weapons and self-defense.   When I said this, one of the kids then said he had a bullet.  He had a bullet in his backpack and he had got the bullet from his dad’s loaded gun at home.  The kid seemed to me to be 9 and showed me his bullet souvenir.  It was an unfired round suitable for a glock.

Now, we live in a state that does not have safe storage laws and there are some parents who have both  guns and kids at home. That’s dangerous unless the guns are stored or the kids are trained in gun safety.

And if you encounter a gun at home, assume it is loaded and do not point it at anyone or anything.    Kids make mistakes and sometimes people do not realize a gun is loaded.  A gun may be loaded with a single bullet, even if there is no clip of ammo.  Picking up a gun without knowing if it is loaded and if you have not been trained to keep your finger off the trigger is dangerous.  Assuming that the gun is loaded and keeping your finger off of the trigger are two basic ideas of gun safety.  The cdc estimates that a quarter or so of accidental gun deaths would be eliminated if there were trigger locks used and loading warning lights.  Since some of you may encounter a gun of dad’s, assume it is loaded and do not point it.

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A kid in Freeman High school was shot and killed and the kid was, according to the news, making a verbal confrontation of or approach to the shooter. The shooter then shot him dead.

Now, we would think that adults would not make this mistake, but a few years ago there was a shooting at the Tacoma mall. There was an evil-doer with a gun and there was another man who was firearms qualified and in fact a firearms use instructor and who had with him his gun. The evil-doer had been shooting or threatening and Brendan McKown was a Christian gun-bearer who had sympathy and he had reservations about shooting “a kid.”

McKown could have shot the kid, but instead he tried to be super nice and, with his gun holstered, he verbally commanded the active shooter to drop his gun. The shooter instead then shot McKown, leaving McKown paralyzed for life. So, a kid in Spokane county (2017) and an adult with firearms training (2005) both made the same mistake. Run Hide and Fight in the last resort, or attack an active shooter from the side or behind, if you choose to be very heroic or you are fighting to protect a friend.

 

 

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