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About the Author

Loren Christensen began his law enforcement career in 1967 when he served in the army as a military policeman in the United States and in Vietnam. He joined the Portland, Oregon, Police Bureau in 1972 and retired in 1997. During those years, he specialized in street gangs, defensive tactics, dignitary protection, and patrolling the bizarre streets of skid row. He now writes full time and teaches martial arts.
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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581606591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581606591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Christensen began training in the martial arts in 1965 and continues to this day. Over the years he has earned a total of 11 black belts, eight in karate, two in jujitsu and one in arnis. As a result of his tour in Vietnam and nearly three decades in law enforcement, Mr. Christensen's focus in the martial arts - writing, teaching and training - has always been on street survival, not competition. He has starred in seven martial arts training videos.

In August of 2011, Mr. Christensen was inducted into the martial arts Masters Hall of Fame in Anaheim, California, receiving The Golden Life Achievement Award.

As a professional writer since 1978, Mr. Christensen has penned 50 published books with five publishers, dozens of magazine articles, and edited a police newspaper for nearly eight years. He has written on the martial arts, missing children, street gangs, school shootings, workplace violence, riots, police-involved shootings, nutrition, exercise, prostitution, and various street subcultures. Of late, he has been writing a police and martial arts thriller fiction series called Dukkha. Three have been published and two more are in production.

Customer Reviews

I have gleaned quite a bit of helpful information for reading this book.
Debbie
I was reading this as well as another book of Loren's on meditation at the same time and just finished them both tonight.
M. F
Few books are truly "must reads," but in today's volatile world this really is one of them.
L. A. Kane

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Robideau on July 15, 2013
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I do not envy the responsibility of today's school administrators for a number of reasons, but this book should make their job a little easier. Mr. Christensen does a good job of covering a wide range of issues that most readers would be hard-pressed to list on their own.

This book is full of practical commentary on difficult issues and lists of considerations for school administrators, teachers, parents, and students to look into.

This book does contain a linked Table of Contents that is easily accessible from the kindle "Go To..." menu, but for some reason you are unable to flip directly from chapter to chapter.

This book is highly recommended for school administrators and teachers, slightly less so for parents, and not really recommended for students. It's not that there isn't good information for parents and students, but for them to get to that information, they will have to wade through a lot of information directed toward other people.

Technically, this book contains good information for anyone who is willing to take the time to wade through it. It will help anyone understand the dangers and intricacies involved in protecting young people in our educational institutions. I, for one, never intend to send my sons to a public educational institution, yet I found much

Unfortunately, the author seems to be slightly distrustful of defensive tools in the hands of anyone other than designated protectors. While this may seem like common sense in an elementary or middle school setting, the book also covers higher education institutions for adults. I took slight issue with some of his statements like: "In fact, kids should never be in possession of a gun or knife anywhere-period.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Kane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 22, 2008
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Surviving a School Shooting is an important resource for anyone who wants to be safe at school. The author is a highly experienced martial artist and veteran law enforcement officer with tons of hands-on experience in the field; a guy you really should listen to. His book is a quick and easy read, a mere 136 pages, but truly illuminating. It begins by establishing the threat using not only familiar incidents pulled from the headlines but also a host of others that most of us have never heard about as well. The 9-1-1 transcripts, statistics, and case studies are chilling reminders that this type of thing is too pervasive to ignore. It's not only real, but it can happen to you, your charges, or your loved ones unless you take active steps to thwart it. It then demonstrates age-appropriate action plans for dealing with the dangers.

Easily implementable methods of prevention, including specific tactics and techniques for recognizing dangers, dealing with volatile individuals, and, should the worst case occur, fighting back if you're forced to do so, are explained in easily understandable terms that help you come to grips with this once unthinkable situation. There is a ton of really good information packed into this tome, but one of the most important aspects is that it not only makes you think about the dangers but also impels you to take action to prevent them.

If you are a parent it arms you with the information you need to work with the school board and administration to help your child's school set up a sensible safety program. If you are a school administrator it helps you understand the cost (and liability) of not having a program in place and gives you prudent guidelines for implementation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armed Pastor on March 25, 2013
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The author does a good job of explaining what to expect in the event of a school shooting and how to best prepare for it. Let's face it folks, additional legislation that only affects the legally armed citizen (and not the criminals) is not the answer...preparation and planning are key to keeping our kids safe. This book addresses this important issue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yankee Reader on June 25, 2013
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I've wanted to read this for a long time, but since I was writing a related work I decided to wait. When I hit 15,000 words, I ordered it. Waiting didn't work: we still ended up addressing some of the same things in very similar language. Either great minds think alike or there are some fairly obvious truths here and some fairly obvious ways of saying them clearly. The worst thing is that this book is five years old, and as an educator I'm still not seeing this stuff being implemented.

If you know any teachers, please give this book to them, whatever their politics or sensibilities. If you are an educator, please read it--regardless of your own. Of course the subject is disturbing. We have to get beyond that: our profession has changed.

Christensen is especially good (and scary) as he describes the way our judgment deteriorates when we freak out (he has more technical language for it, but I like the Sixties phrase). The point is that you don't own your brain or body anymore. Unless you can shift into autopilot, your students are gonna die. That, in part, is why so much of this book is about PREVENTING the school shooting and PREPARING yourself for it when it happens.

Christensen doesn't say much at all about shooting back (my own, even less popular, emphasis), and I worry about his advice on environmental weapons and in-general scrappiness in a shooting situation. You gotta figure that the threat will be as worked up about things as you are, and hitting him with a stapler just doesn't seem to me much more than an act of desperation. Of course it's better than rolling over, and that's his point, but everything Christensen tells you to do to the threat, the threat can probably do right back to you, with more malice and forethought. And he's got a Glock.
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