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40 years; after 9/11, he ran a Red Team
for the Department of Homeland
Security, staging mock assaults to probe
for vulnerabilities. He was hooked on
the concept of nra School Shield after
a conversation with Hutchinson, and
has donated his time as an adviser to
the program ever since.
"No other nationwide organization
is doing what nra School Shield does,"
says Wayne. "It's proactive; unlike
groups who spring up after a specific
incident and who may lose interest,
nra School Shield has been a constant."
Black is clear and concise about the
mission of nra School Shield. "At the
end of the day, the team with the best
plan wins. If you have to deal with a
problem at the doorway to the school,
you've failed. Instead of being at the
school door, looking in, you need to be
on the perimeter, looking out.
"Normalcy bias is our biggest
security-related issue. We believe
people are good at heart; we want
things to be normal, so we expect
them to be normal. Victims' accounts
of a violent attack share a common
denominator; they never thought it
would happen here. They had such a
nice school, such a nice community ...
they're in denial. They don't have
a plan."
Dr. Eric Dietz of Purdue University,
another panel participant, has created
data models that compare response
tactics and produce measurable results.
The effectiveness of tactics such as
sro deployment, arming school staff,
putting locks on classroom doors and
waiting for police to arrive does not
achieve a one-size-fits-all solution.
"The same country that has Chicago
has Alaska and Wyoming. Improving
police response times may be a good
option in urban areas, but rural schools
will never achieve a quick response
time. For them, arming an sro or staff
might be a better approach. In New
York City, there's a cop on every corner;
is that safer? We don't know, but we do
know that better decisions are made at
the local level."
Eric Kaiser is the chief of police
of Jourdanton, Texas, the first police
department (and the first school system)
in Texas to host an nra School Shield

training. As such, it drew officers from
Austin, Houston and San Antonio,
as well.
"One of the things that I appreciated
about nra School Shield was that it
addressed all different facets of school
safety, not just school shooters. I
was impressed that an appropriate
amount of time was given to each
of the topics. It didn't devote a large
amount of time to arming teachers or
staff; it's an option that should be given
consideration, but the same plan isn't
going to work in each district."
Kaiser was also impressed by
the lack of bias in the training.
"There's sometimes an apprehension
that this is an nra program, but I
was very impressed by the level of
professionalism. No political overtones,
no 'guns are good or bad', which went
a long ways with people who weren't
familiar with nra and didn't know
what to expect. It was an nra program,
but completely apolitical, just focused

terror that does not reflect gender,
achievement or social status.
The Secret Service guide contains
expert recommendations on reporting
mechanisms, training, intervention,
thresholds for law enforcement
involvement, examination of social
media, community involvement,
building relationships, motives,
inappropriate interests and access to
weapons. However, nowhere in its
pages can a reference to gun control
be found. Blaming nra is popular
in some circles, but claiming nra
influenced the recommendations of
the u.s. Secret Service would be
a stretch.

T

o make certain we didn't
overlook any programs similar
to nra School Shield, we
placed a call to the main number of
Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for
Gun Safety to inquire what resources the
organization could provide for schools

"It was an NRA program, but completely
apolitical, just focused solely on how
to make the school safer."
solely on how to make the school safer."
Gun control advocates may claim
that the recommendations of these
experts are somehow tainted by their
association with nra, in much the
same way they attack the nra Eddie
Eagle GunSafeĀ® program, which never
promotes gun ownership or usage.
Consequently, consulting with
subject matter experts with no
connection to nra might be instructive.
In July, the u.s. Secret Service's National
Threat Assessment Center published
a guide for schools titled "Enhancing
School Safety Using A Threat
Assessment Model: An Operational
Guide For Preventing School Violence."
Within its 32 pages are detailed
observations and recommendations;
perhaps the most chilling of which
is "keep in mind, there is no profile
of a student attacker." (Emphasis theirs.)
School violence is an equal-opportunity

looking to better protect children. On
the contacts page of the group's website,
we're told, "Due to volume, we are unable
to respond to every email. Please take
the time to read our faq before sending
us a message. If you'd prefer to leave a
message, please call (646) 324-8250." We
left three messages over two days, but had
not received a response by press time.
By contrast, nra School Shield lists
a phone number and email address
on the home page. A member of the
program's team answered on the third
ring. Any school administrator, teacher,
parent or law enforcement officer truly
looking for help is encouraged to reach
out to nra School Shield for assistance.
The team can be reached by phone
at (844) 467-7723 or by email at
info@nraschoolshield.org.
Clay Turner is the creative director for
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