- Paperback: 154 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Press (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581606591
- ISBN-13: 978-1581606591
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Surviving a School Shooting: A Plan of Action for Parents, Teachers, and Students
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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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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."
When it came to the discussion of arming teachers, the author was very neutral and offered up some very reasonable questions for administrators ask to evaluate their own situation and needs.
I really like that this book wasn't super political and won't turn off neutral readers!
Overall, I found the book to be very informative and a must read for school administrators and teachers.
If you enjoy reading about personal security and tactics, I also recommend Tactical Bible Stories: Personal Security Tips from the Bible for advice specifically for keeping you and your family safe in dangerous times.
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. It ain't pretty, but that's what we mean by "last resort."
Christensen references other works (mostly his) on actual technique, and this book is really more about policy and awareness than how to poke someone's eye out. And it would be tempting to say that he's just one of those Vietnam vets who never made it back. Maybe so, but somebody had to write this book and I'm happy he wrote such a good one.
Now somebody has to read it.
Timothy A. Storlie, PhD
Author of Transformational Daydreaming
For civilians interested in simple concepts to help survive and active shooter incident, this is a book to purchase and share with those you care about.
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