In November 2018 the number of mass shootings across the United States has reached a staggering number of 307, taking the lives of at least 13 people. Ever since the infamous Sandy Hook Elementary shooting back in 2012, there is a school shooting every week.
Violence threatens children’s lives no matter the location or their family status. The most important thing is to keep your perspective and create a plan that could protect our children amidst all the anger an panic.
Our job as parents and adults is to make sure we are prepared for a potentially life-threatening situation. That involves educating children and teaching them useful skills like CPR with the help of Advanced Healthcare Education but addressing the underlying social issues that lead to all the violence.
In this article, we are going to list a couple of suggestions that can help both children and adults face such a horrible event prepared.
Is the School Prepared for an Attack?
The key to preventing a mass shooting does not only lay on an individual but the community as a whole. That is why our schools, workplaces and other public buildings need to have an action plan that will help its inhabitants face any emergency. This includes immediate health issues, violence, and aggression.
The school needs to have a clear evacuation plan, but more importantly, needs to train the students to properly execute the evacuation plan through constant practice. This involves teaching them to recognize an immediate danger, but also get help and offer to help, provide first aid and CPR, practice intervention in a crisis, self-defense and seeking shelter in place.
More and more states are making sure CPR is mandatory in schools. Right now, there are 39 states where free CPR courses are mandatory in schools.
The first couple of seconds can change the outcome of a violent situation and have a tremendous impact.
Learn How to Stay Come
Children rely on their elderly for guidance and support, which is why it is extremely important to remain calm in a face of a crisis, so children can confide in you and tell you their fears and problems. You need to be supportive but also a good listener.
You might feel tempted to just say “everything is all right”, but it’s more important to stay grounded. It is also difficult not to panic and overreact, but this could only further scare the children and make them feel anxious.
If you avoid talking about the issue altogether, this will likely scare the children even more as they can’t stay oblivious to what’s going on around them.
Children need strong adults to listen to their concerns and explain calmly what is going on and what they should do if they are ever faced with a crisis.
Make Sure the School Listens
As an adult, we need to take charge of the situation and secure the place our children are spending most of their time in. Make sure the school has a contingency plan for a school shooting or other dangerous situation. Adults in the school need to be trained to deal with a crisis. School violence can escalate if adults don’t make sure they make it feel safe for children to report on their friends.
If children hear their schoolmates bragging about having a gun, they need to feel it’s safe to take the issue to the authorities without having to fear retribution. If their identity is not protected, they could receive threats or even get physically harmed.
If children don’t feel comfortable taking an issue to an adult, they should at least come forward and tell their parents who can then take the issue up with a school authority. The school and all its inhabitants need to be aware of a potential danger. Anonymous calls, message boards or notes are a good way to make sure children report any dangerous activity without feeling threatened themselves.