Attack at California university included in book on school shootings

The deadly rampage at Oikos University in Oakland, California is documented in a newly-published book which takes a critical look at school shootings around the world.
The mass slayings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Columbine High School and Virginia Tech are also included in the book – Keep Kids Safe: Don’t Let Our Schools Become Killing Zones – as well as many other attacks around the world.
In the 488-page book available from Amazon, author Cal Millar looks at the various aspects which trigger these horrific cases, including the accessibility to weapons, mental illness, bullying, harassment and the impact from violent video games and movies, as well as the safety and security of educational facilities.
“It is vital that we have a broad and wide-ranging dialogue on the issue of school safety and security to find solutions that will protect students and teachers in their classrooms,” Millar said.
“Although outrage was expressed by politicians after the December 14, 2012 attack in Newtown, Connecticut which took the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators, very little has been done to keep kids safe in their schools,” he said. “It’s absolutely essential that steps are taken to improve the safety and security of schools, colleges and universities.”
Details of the Oikos shooting which killed seven people and injured three others begins on page 245 and tells how a former student systematically shot victims with a .45-caliber handgun on April 2, 2012 while holding them hostage in a classroom.
The author said there research has been undertaken in the United States and other parts of the world into school shootings and this could serve as a catalyst for a debate on school safety where all voices are heard. “Finding ways to make schools safer is something that should be done at the highest level and should also be a top priority,” Millar added.
The book memorializes those who have died in school shootings, including the Oikos victims and documents the role of first responders, the clergy, funeral directors, volunteer agencies, government organizations and all those who work to help a community to recover after facing almost unspeakable evil.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

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History from the book – Canada’s first school shooting

The book – Keep Kids Safe: Don’t Let Our Schools Become Killing Zones – details the history of school shootings from Scotland to Sandy Hook. The first slaying in Canada was in 1902. The book reveals: The earliest school shooting in Canada occurred when a 14-year-old girl was killed by a classmate on the doorstep of the Frontenac School in Kingston, Ontario, on April 28, 1902. The victim, Beatrice Holland, had enraged a fellow student by repeatedly knocking off his hat in the class cloakroom. As she left the school with several friends, Beatrice was confronted by 15-year-old Eric Sharp, the son of a local grocery store owner who had said he would shoot her if she didn’t stop teasing him. Sharp pulled a gun and fired a single shot which struck the victim in the head. She was killed instantly. The boy ran off but surrendered to police about three hours later. An article in the April 29, 1902 edition of the St. John Daily Sun, said Sharp told police the killing was accidental. He admitted threatening to shoot Beatrice, but said he had no idea the gun was loaded.

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Memorial travels route from Brooklyn to Sandy Hook

The book – Keep Kids Safe: Don’t Let Our Schools Become Killing Zones – details the path that a memorial plaque took from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn and eventually arriving at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Thomas Jefferson, which has now closed, was in a touch Brooklyn neighborhood and also the scene of two separate school shootings which claimed three lives. The last slaying was on February 26, 1992 when a 15-year-old boy fatally shot two students after getting into a feud with them. When the mass shooting occurred at Columbine High School former students from the New York felt compelled to travel to Littleton, Colorado to provide comfort to students and help those who survived the ordeal to heal. The plaque presented to Columbine remained at the high school until tragedy struck a school in Red Lake, Minnesota when a 15-year-old boy killed five students, a teacher and a security guard. He murdered his grandfather and another person before embarking on the killing spree at the school. Students from Columbine thought it was necessary to take the plaque to the remote First Nation community to help those recover from the violence. They also hoped it would be the last stop the memorial plaque would ever make. However, during this past Christmas period a group of former and current students from Red Lake Senior High School made the 1,492 mile journey to Newtown, Connecticut to help students from Sandy Hook Elementary School heal from the tragedy they endured. The trail the plaque took and those who made it their mission to help others heal are outlined in the book, which also makes mention of a watercolor – Happier Days – which was delivered to Northern Illinois University to provide comfort after a gunman killed six people and wounded 21 other on February 14, 2008. It was from residents of Nickel Mines, an Amish community in Pennsylvania, where five girls were murdered in the classroom of a one room schoolhouse on October 2, 2006.
http://www.amazon.com/Keep-Kids-Safe-Schools-Killing/dp/149096794X

 

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News release for newly published book – Keep Kids Safe: Don’t Let Our Schools Become Killing Zones

To ensure students are protected in classrooms, corridors and on their campus much more must be done to improve the safety and security of schools, colleges and universities. That’s the message in a newly published book – Keep Kids Safe: Don’t Let Our Schools Becoming Killing Zones – by Canadian author Cal Millar.

 Since the massacre at Newtown and other shootings at schools across North America and around the world, very little has been done to guarantee young people are safe in educational institutions.

 “There has been a lot of talk, but not much done to identify the root cause of this violence,” Millar said. “We have had rhetoric and quick fix solutions from politicians following the horrific December 14, 2012 slaying at Sandy HookElementary School, but there hasn’t been the in-depth analysis that’s needed to find solutions to prevent children from being killed.”

The 488-page book, available from Amazon.com, calls for “a broad and wide ranging national dialogue on school safety and security” to ensure all voices are heard and to properly evaluate any ideas and proposals which are brought forward to keep kids safe.

 “It is essential for society to learn as much as we can from the various shooting that have taken place and glean all information possible to determine how the safety of schools can be enhanced without turning them into fortresses,” Millar said.

“No communities are immune from this type of violence,” the author said while pointing out they have occurred in towns where residents thought they were living in the safest place on earth. “School shootings have taken place in large cities and remote villages, but they are still a fairly rare phenomenon as far as crime goes. It’s just they are so senseless and victims die for no apparent reason.”

 The book mentions there have been numerous studies into school shootings, including the carnage caused by the sniper atop the observation tower at University of Texas in Austin to the slaughter at Virginia Tech and the massacre at ColumbineHigh School.

 “The findings from these incidents and research into other school shootings around the world can serve as a catalyst for a debate which could result in a world symposium on school safety,” Millar said. “This is something the United Nations might be interested in organizing; similar to the global sessions they’ve hosted to develop strategies to combat various forms of organized crime. Finding ways to make schools safer is something that should be done at the highest level and should be a top priority.”

 The book points out that after 20 first graders and six educators were slain in Connecticut, President Barack Obama urgently called for recommendations to prevent these tragedies and suggested a review of school safety and security, mental health issues and firearm legislation. Unfortunately the discussion became narrowly focused on a need for strict gun controls and federal politicians failed to adopt any laws favored by the president, including background checks before anyone can purchase a firearm.

 “When you look at some of the individuals who have carried out attacks at schools, I think it’s necessary to also consider harassment and bullying, as well as influences from music videos, graphic movies, the Internet and violent video games as potential triggers for this violence,” the author said.

 Highlighted in the book is the first school shooting on September 5, 1595 at RoyalHigh School in Scotland and the earliest in the United States which occurred in Franklin County Pennsylvania on July 26, 1764 when a native raiding party slaughtered 10 students and their teacher in a one room schoolhouse. It also examines school shootings in Dunblane, Scotland where 16 first-grade students were slain along with their teacher; the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School; the hostage taking, sexual assault and killing at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado; the devastation at Virginia Tech where 32 student and faculty were murdered and a homicidal rampage at Red Lake Senior High School in a First Nations community in Minnesota which resulted in the deaths of five students, a teacher, security guard and two other individuals before the 17-year-old gunman took his own life.

Keep Kids Safe: Don’t Let Our Schools Become Killing Zones – memorializes many of those who have died in school shootings so they can be remembered as individuals and not just statistics, as well as making mention of some of the heroes who surrendered their lives in an effort to protect others. The book recognizes the role of first responders; the clergy who not only conducted funerals but did so much to help heal those who were affected by the various tragedies; members of independent and government agencies who provide services to ensure people are properly cared for following horrific incidents and the outpouring of support from world leaders and people everywhere.

Also demonstrated is the unique bond that survivors of school shootings share as the book traces the journey of a memorial plaque from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York, where two shooting incidents took the lives of students, to Columbine High School, then to Red Lake and finally to Newtown where former students from the Red Lake Nation, who survived gunfire at their school, gave comfort to those who left suffering at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The book gives factual accounts of various incidents and provides insight into what to expect if a school shooting occurs in your community as well as outlining the pain and trauma people will experience, the reaction of individuals and the assistance that’s required to help heal those who are devastated when the unthinkable happens. It is a must read for first responders, religious leaders, educators, parents and community leaders in addition to those who are working to improve safety in schools and protecting young people in their classrooms.

http://www.amazon.com/Keep-Kids-Safe-Schools-Killing/dp/149096794X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376861027&sr=1-1 

 

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Don’t lose focus of the prime objective to protect students in their classrooms

Positive comments and concrete suggestions are needed to improve safety and security in schools and to prevent shootings in classrooms. This article in Popular Science magazine and the comments it generated show how the discussion can switch focus and end up in quagmire. There is a need for full debate of all issues with the prime objective of protecting students at school. There are many factors that must be included in the dialogue in order to identify all practical solutions that will protect our children and keep kids safe in schools.

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-12/could-arming-teachers-and-students-prevent-tragedy

 

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Ideas are needed to help Keep Kids Safe

The book – Keep Kids Safe – Don’t Let Schools Become Killing Zones – is now available at Amazon.com

It was written to stimulate a full and open discuession about how students can be protected in their classrooms and on campuses of educational facilities worldwide.

Hopefully people will post ideas here and encourage politicians to find workable solutions to guarantee our children will be safe when they are in school.

Too many young people have already died at the hands of deranged gunman. Don’t let their deaths be in vain.

http://www.amazon.com/Keep-Kids-Safe-Schools-Killing/dp/149096794X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376576597&sr=1-1

 

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