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tarting this month, nearly
 million American children
will file into k- classrooms
in more than , schools. In the
evening, schools are focal points for
sporting events, performances, club
activities and transportation hubs. It's
estimated that one in six Americans will
set foot onto a school campus every day.
However, few of these schools will start
the year prepared for the unthinkable.
This is understandable; school
shootings, though horrific, are rare,
and education budgets are strained.
Sheila Brantley, the director of the
nra School Shield program, compares
this dilemma to Maslow's famous
hierarchy of needs, which prioritizes
physical needs-food, water, shelter,
sleep-before all others. "We see free/
reduced meals, after-school snacks and
sometimes even dinner," Brantley said.
"We see back-to-school supply drives.
We see kids taking naps before and after
school. But, for whatever reasons, there
hasn't been a call to action for the next
level of the hierarchy: safety and security."
The nra stepped into the gap
between the need for increased security
and the lack of resources in .
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook
tragedy, nra Executive Vice President
Wayne LaPierre announced the
creation of a task force that would make
recommendations to keep our schools
safer. Heading the task force was
Asa Hutchinson, former u.s. attorney
and congressman from Arkansas, now
the state's governor. The results of that
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task force became the foundation for
the nra School Shield program.
Through the program, the nra sends
a team of subject-matter experts to
school systems. Their mission is not to
tell them what they are doing wrong, or
even to make recommendations. Neither
is it their mission to arm teachers and
staff, though that may be an effective
strategy for a given situation.
Rather, their mission is to do what
the nra does better than anyone
else: to train. nra assessors spend
five days on the school campus, always
in conjunction with local law
enforcement. During that time, up to
 local officials receive training on
how to conduct their own vulnerability
assessments and develop appropriate
response strategies. These groups
include two to three people per
agency to facilitate partnerships and
multi-agency response relationships.
They often include personnel from
other school systems, jurisdictions or
even states; these officials use their
newfound skills to conduct assessments
back home.
"nra's vulnerability assessors help
local stakeholders build best practices
in four areas: Preparedness, Prevention,
Mitigation and Response," explains
Brantley. "They look for opportunities
to improve." Because of who the nra
is, "some believe we're only looking
to address active shooters, and our
answer is solely focused on firearms
in the schools," Brantley added. "They
fail to understand there are other much

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more common threats existing in the
school environment that could escalate
if you don't address them on the front
end. We identify potential threats like
bullying, which is not just kids being
kids; it's something that should be
nipped in the bud."
During the training, participants
learn to determine the potential
adversarial path when approaching
a campus, probing for vulnerabilities
beginning at the outer perimeter
and working their way into the
building. They assess physical security
components, technology, personnel,
school resource officers (sros), incident
management and response protocols.
Groups learn to document and report
their findings. It's critical that this
process takes place during school hours;
otherwise, it's impossible to predict
mass gathering points and before- and
after-school activity patterns.
At the end of ,  vulnerability
assessments had been reported by
program trainees. Over  assessors
have been trained to date, and this
fall  more classes will likely double
that number.
None of the participating school
systems, public or private, have been
charged a penny for this effort. nra
School Shield is funded  percent by
donations to the nra from members,
individual donors and foundations,
in addition to the support from
Friends of nra.
Even more impressive is the fact
that trainees can easily turn their
vulnerability assessments into needs
assessments for grant requests at the
federal, state and local level. They
can even use them to apply for grants
from The nra Foundation, which has
distributed more than , to
schools so far.

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he nra's team of "subject-matter
experts" is large and diverse,
as a panel discussion at the
 nra Annual Meetings & Exhibits
in Dallas demonstrated.
Wayne Black oversees vulnerability
assessments and response planning
for private schools and synagogues
out of his office in Miami. Black has
been in law enforcement for over



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