SURVIVING A SCHOOL SHOOTING: A PLAN OF ACTION FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS
Author: Loren W. Christensen
Publisher: PALADIN PRESS, Dec 2008
A hard, realistic look at teaching kids what they will need to know if a gunman walks into their school. Teaches parents how to work with their children to develop an age-?appropriate plan of action. Train students to begin thinking strategically, defensively & offensively in case violence erupts at their school. 6x9 inches, 152 pgs.
Most books about school violence focus on anti-bullying programs & counseling; Surviving a School Shooting by retired cop Loren Christensen takes a hard, realistic look at teaching kids what they will need to know if a gunman walks into their school.
What was once unimaginable & rare is now, tragically, part of life, & it's all too easy to summon that terrible image of a school surrounded by police officers, emergency vehicles & frantic parents & kids. Shootings have happened at large, urban schools & at small schools in sleepy little towns with low crime rates, because all it takes is one disturbed person to turn a seemingly safe school into a grim statistic.
Unfortunately, even responsible parents who warn their kids about drunk driving & other risky behaviors commonly send their children off to school without having what may be the most important talk of all: "What would you do if someone showed up with a weapon?"
In Surviving a School Shooting, Christensen teaches parents how to work with their children ? from elementary schoolers to teens ? to develop an age-?appropriate plan of action that includes developing an awareness of surroundings & critical thinking skills. Within the pages of this book are ideas & techniques to teach kids how to feel safer at school; when to tell adults about rumors or threats; how to mentally rehearse a response to a shooting; & what to do when a shooting occurs: when to run & how to run; when to hide & how to hide; when to fight & how to fight.
Just as a fire drill prepares a child to calmly follow a path to safety in a burning building, the information in Surviving a School Shooting will train students to begin thinking strategically, defensively & offensively in case violence erupts at their school.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Loren W. Christensen is a Vietnam veteran, a retired police officer with 29 years of law enforcement experience & a martial artist since 1965. His police experience includes working gang enforcement, street patrol, dignitary protection & three years spent teaching in several middle schools on a variety of topics of concern to kids. As a writer, Loren has penned 40 books & dozens of magazine articles on a variety of subjects. While his target audience is most often what he calls "the warrior community" ? martial artists, cops & soldiers ? his writing, which includes a variety of other subjects, is also popular among high school & college students, parents & professionals of every kind.