Are Our Schools Ready for The Next Wave of Terrorist Attacks?

Steve Cliffe  08/30/2010

September 11, 2001 marked a day in which our lives changed for the foreseeable future.
Gone was the insular nature that had allowed us to see from afar the acts of terror that had
been going on in the Islamic spread dating back to Mohammed’s slaughter of innocents
after being exiled in the early 600’s A.D. We stood face to face with an enemy who few
knew and who many misunderstand.
Like any common criminal thug, the Islamic fundamentalists who attacked the World
Trade Center that day had no regard for human life including their own. They continued
a tradition dating back to the executions committed by Mohammed of all who stood in
the way of his world view of tyranny under the guidelines of the theocratic world
government outlined in the Qur’an, Shari’ah and Hadith.
These three books specifically outline a strategy that falls outside our concept of human
interrelation. They advise using the Qur’an to lie to enemies as long as the greater goal
means the spread of Islam, to kill those who will not submit (yes I know the Verses of the
Pen say otherwise, but they are superseded and abrogated in moral authority by the
Verses of The Sword which were written after them since the Qur’an is a book to be read
chronologically rather than from front to back), and to recognize only two states of
existence in the world; the state of Islam or the state of war to prepare for Islam.
The use of child bombers is abhorrent to us but not to the terrorists who view this as a
holy war and the only way to true salvation lies in dying in jihad efforts. They believe, as
the jurisprudence of the Islamic system of belief dictates, that they have to conquer the
world, as Malcolm X would say “by any means necessary”. Killing kids is perfectly
acceptable targeting for these terrorists and that is what makes their list of new target
focus so scary. It applies to the next set of targets they have begun actively encouraging
their supporters to strike among us; malls, random assassination of those who dare
question or oppose them, and perhaps most heinously, our schools.
The fact is that jihadists encourage massive hostage taking for the sole purpose of
slaughtering them in a “terrifying” way as a direct homage to Mohammad as articulated
in his slaughter of the Banu Qurayza. The fact is they have outlined in a series of
manuals that provide specific information on how to attack such targets to inflict
maximum casualties. This should cause us to fear for our children as never before, and
recognize that our current model of lockdown/hide-in-place is the worst possible strategy
since it incorporates no proactive strategy and provides no tactical training for the staff in
case of a terrorist attack.
It can be safely assumed that the “terrifying” manner is consistent with what we have
seen followers of Mohammad use before, emulating Mohammad’s own techniques
outlined in the Hadith for inducing terror, beheading kneeling victims with a small sword
or knife. This means that by piling our kids into several small holding cells (classrooms)
and gathering them together we simplify their attack strategy and make it easier to kill
our kids and the staff in our schools. Much as was done at the school in Beslan, Russia.
We cannot rely on the police or the military to protect soft targets. We must look for
ways that are capable of fitting into the lockdown/shelter-in-place model of school
response planning we see already occurring. The fact is that first responders are always
there AFTER something happens. How many kids do we have to face before we drop the
bean-counters worry about litigious criminals/terrorists who might be hurt by training our
teachers to learn to protect themselves and the children they are charged with caring for.
We already have legislation that forces teachers to report suspected parental violence
towards kids, why do they not have a focused classroom defense protocol? Surely, if you
asked the victims of any school shooting be it in West Virginia, or Columbine, in the
United States, Beslan in Russia or Finland, I am sure everyone would have thought it
impossible to happen there.
While currently there is only an extremely limited number of trainings that can interface
with active shooter response by our active shooter communities, they do exist. My
company offers the TEACHSAFE™ seminar, an addendum course that dovetails with the
educational lockdown/shelter-in-place model as well as LEO/first responder interface
planning and all of this for FAR less than the cost of a monitoring system or therapy after
an incident takes many innocent lives. This course is available through the
Asymmetric Warfare Studies Group training curriculum as well as through us
directly. There are training options out there. We implore the educational professionals,
their unions and the legislators responsible in the both the federal and state levels to start
looking at this before the terrorist launch an attack. Please for the sake of our kids get
proactive and do not wait to train our teachers until after an attack occurs.

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