EXPERT: Safety Still A Concern For New School Year

by Spencer Coursen, Coursen Security Group

As I watched the news covering the most recent school shooting in Georgia, I could not help but notice the preventative measures which, had they been properly employed, could have very likely prevented such an outcome.

The two areas of growing concern with regard to student safety and school security are ineffective access control policies, and the absence of a threat assessment and management program.

Every school I’ve ever visited has had an access control policy, and yet every control measure in these schools is too-easily bypassed. In Georgia for example, “the gunman simply walked in behind someone else.”

Policy only works if you follow it every time. Most access control policies at schools require the visitor to be “confirmed and verified by the visitor’s sponsor” BEFORE being “buzzed in.” This rarely, if ever happens. Access control is rarely ever someone’s priority tasking. More likely, whomever is responsible for granting access is inundated with the tasking of their “real job” and can’t be bothered with the “additional duties” of veryifying that it’s fine for Parent X to bring in Student Y’s forgotten lunch box. 99.999% of the time no ill effect result from their complacency…so why should this time be any different. And so, like many times before, the conditioned response looms it’s lazy head…the buzzer sounds…the access button is pushed, and the unverified visitor enters. No scene camera to verify who’s at the door, no double-checking to ensure the voice is who they say they are, just another Pavlovian response in an otherwise routine day…only this time in Georgia, it is with life-risking result.

If schools want to preach the “shelter in place” methodology, then they have to first make sure their shelter stays safe. A diver in a shark cage doesn’t stay in the cage once the shark bites the door off its hinges…he swims away. And a building fire is just as dangerous and as unpredictable as an active shooter, yet we wouldn’t hide from a fire in hope it won’t find us…we would run!

Complimenting access control is a schools ability to assess and manage inappropriate actions and communications to determine the likelihood of a threat evolving into a violent act. This is best accomplished through the employment of a threat assessment and management program.

Why do schools need such a program? Because the violence inherent to today’s society make it mandatory. A school today without a threat assessment program is as negligent as an auto factory manufacturing cars without seat belts. Neither are required for their master to function, but both are designed to enhance safety along the way.

In nearly all violent encounters taking place at schools, pre-incident indicators or “leakage” have presented themselves many times prior to the violent act being initiated. The student may make a knife out of wood in shop class, or write about a violent act in a writing assignment. They may even overtly brag to their friends about what they’re planning to do. Individually, these may be overlooked as isolated incidents, but if teachers and administrators know the criteria to report to an identified assessor, little pieces of seemingly unrelated bits of information will begin to form a picture of the hazard on the horizon. Once identified, that hazard can then be managed away from violent outcome…BEFORE its too late.

Thankfully, no lives were lost in Georgia. Although this seems to stem mostly from the inaccurate shooting of both the suspect and the police – both of whom exchanged gun fire.

This phenomenon will not always be the case, and should serve as a wake-up call to do away with antiquated practices and accept that safety, unlike geometry, is an organic and ever-evolving practice.

Congress’ response to the Sandy Hook tragedy was to pursue legislation to ban certain types of firearms and ammunition magazines. But these bills were off the mark – even their authors admit they would not have prevented the shooting in Newtown. Instead of getting bogged down in ugly, partisan fights, there are noncontroversial actions that can be taken immediately that would actually make a make schools safer than they are today.

The power of the people is far greater than that of the people in power, and if the leaders of today’s schools are too invested and comfortable in their own antiquated practices to make the effective changes required of today’s concerns, than perhaps the burden falls to the parents and their affiliated organizations to rise up and fundraise for the resources required to keep their children safe.

At the end of the day, safety is about preparation and prevention. The most preferred outcome will always be to stop an attack from happening in the first place. It is a preventative mindset, not a reactionary one, which will save future lives.

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Fortunately, President Trump walked away from his attempted assassination with very minor injuries. The bullet that wounded Trump's ear could have just as easily ended his life, and his survival is nothing short of a miracle.

Sadly, that miracle didn't extend to everyone attending Trump's ill-fated Pennsylvania rally. Three other people were shot. David Dutch and James Copenhaver, both Pennslyavia residents, are thankfully in stable condition. Corey Comperatore, however, tragically died after being shot while protecting his wife and daughter from the hail of gunfire.

“Corey died a hero."

Camperatore, a 50-year-old loving father and husband from Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania leaves behind his daughter Allyson, his wife Helen, sister Dawn, and many other friends and family. Camperatore was a man of service, having spent 43 years as part of the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company and had worked his way to becoming the fire chief when he stepped down to spend more time with his daughter.

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Corey's friends and family have nothing but good things to say about him, and judging by their testimonies, Corey's final heroic act was consistent with how the volunteer firefighter lived his life.

According to many people who knew Compertore, he was a true patriot who loved his country. He was a fan of President Trump. Compertore was very excited to attend Saturday's rally, which he expressed in his last social media post.

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During his speech addressing the shooting, President Biden expressed his condolences to the Comperatore family, stating that "He was a father. He was protecting his family from the bullets that were being fired.”

Democrat Mutiny? These prominent Progressives and Democratic leaders DEMAND that Biden withdraw

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Biden is still taking hard blows from both sides of the aisle after his abysmal performance in last month's presidential debate. As Glenn pointed out in his post-debate coverage, Biden came across as so incompetent that it has made many Americans scared that, should the country face a major threat, Biden would be unable to respond to it. This includes many Democrats, who are finally admitting that Biden isn't as fit as they have been claiming for the last four years.

Many names have already been suggested as potential replacements for the Democratic nominee, but many people, including some Democrats, don't believe Biden should even stay in office for the election. Here are some prominent progressives and Democratic lawmakers who have called for President Biden's resignation:

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas)

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Arizona)

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Rep. Seth Moulton (Massachusetts)

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Rep. Mike Quigley (Illinois)

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Rep. Angie Craig (Minnesota)

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Rep. Adam Smith (Washington)

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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (New Jersey)

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Rep. Pat Ryan (New York)

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Rep. Hillary Scholten (Michigan)

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Senator Peter Welch (Vermont)

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Oregon)

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BONUS: Actor George Clooney

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These TOP 5 new technologies left Glenn SHOCKED

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Glenn has been covering some of the most groundbreaking, exciting, and often terrifying technological advances. Some new tech has the potential to make a positive impact. Some tech is just SUPER cool, like a flame-throwing robot dog. However, there is also a dark side to technology. Glenn exposes how some new technological developments, particularly in the realm of AI, pose serious ethical questions.

Here are the top five new technologies that Glenn covered that will make your jaw drop:

Anti-gravity device

This new technology developed by Dr. Charles Buhler and his team may change everything we know about transportation and travel. Described as "propellant-less propulsion" by Dr. Buhler, this technology appears to defy gravity and is potentially a way for people to travel into and through space without the need for rockets. It doesn't stop there either, this tech could be used to forever change the way we travel here on Earth.

Human embryo-powered supercomputer

To have massively powerful AI, something, which many people seem to have an invested interest in, you need a lot of electricity to power the computers that host the artificial intelligences. Naturally, this energy consumption upsets the environmentalists so in response a terrifying solution was developed. Bio Processors are essentially computer chips powered by human cells, specifically stem cells, which are predominantly harvested from embryos. These Bio Processors have a limited shelf life, meaning they need a steady supply of stem cells to keep the computers that use them operational. What could be more terrifying than an AI that eats human cells?

Voice-stealing AI

When ChatGPT came out in late 2022 its power and versatility took the world by storm. Suddenly, students had it write entire essays in mere seconds, and it was creating songs and poems with ease. The capabilities of the ChatGPT AI were as disturbing as they were impressive, but after a recent update, it took a hard turn towards disturbing. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, decided to give the program a voice and tried to recruit famous actress Scarlett Johansson to lend her voice to the machine. After she declined the offer, OpenAI went ahead and released the update for ChatGPT featuring a voice that sounded eerily similar to Johansson's. While OpenAI claims it's a different, similar-sounding voice actress, the idea that a computer is going around with your stolen voice is terrifying.

Flamethrower robot dog

How could you possibly ever make something cooler than a flamethrower? Simple, strap it to the back of a robotic dog of course! Originally built to help fight forest fires (ironically enough) by creating backburns, Glenn pointed out that a pack of these bad boys patrolling your property would be the ultimate home defense. Nobody would come anywhere near your house if it was guarded by a few of these firey companions.

Wormhole-generating UFO's

It's been a decade since the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. No trace of the aircraft or any of its passengers, except a few small pieces of debris, were ever found nor was an official cause of the disappearance ever given. There have been an infinite number of theories explaining what might have happened, but this one from investigative journalist Ashton Forbes might take the cake for the wildest. Forbes joined Glenn on his radio show and brought with him convincing video evidence that seemed to show the now-missing aircraft being circled by three mysterious orbs before suddenly disappearing in a flash of light. Does this video show the doomed aircraft being sucked into an artificial wormhole, or is it an amazing piece of hoaxwork?

THESE TOP 10 Founding Fathers' quotes help us remember America's original vision

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Independence Day is one of the few days when Americans come together to celebrate our country and the continued vision that our Founding Fathers crafted in 1776. But what is that vision? It seems with every passing July 4th, Americans lose even more of a sense of what the original intent of our nation was supposed to be. It's becoming increasingly important to read the Founding Fathers in their own words and to remember the vision that they cast for our nation. Here are our TOP 10 favorite Founding Fathers' quotes to help us remember their original views of government, freedom, and the American vision.

"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty." —James Madison

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"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." —Benjamin Franklin

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"Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light." —George Washington

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"The people are the only legitimate fountain of power." —James Madison

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"I agree with you that it is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities, which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country." —Thomas Jefferson

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“Human passions unbridled by morality and religion… would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.” —John Adams

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"Those who stand for nothing will fall for everything." —Alexander Hamilton

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“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” —James Madison

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"I fear that in every elected office, members will obtain an influence by noise, not by sense. By meanness, not greatness. By ignorance, not learning. By contracted hearts, not large souls. There must be decency and respect." —John Adams

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“We must go home to be happy, and our home is not in this world. Here we have nothing to do but our duty.” —John Jay

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