With more than 3 weeks remaining in 2019, the U.S. has already surpassed 2018’s total for mass shootings. A total of more than 370 mass shooting incidents have occurred as of November 14th.
The recent November 14th shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita marked the 44th shooting incident at a school. Of the 44 shooting incidents in schools, 32 of them were at facilities serving Kindergarten through 12th grade. While our hearts and prayers to out to the students, faculty, parents, and community at Saugus High School, thoughts and prayers are not enough.
Young children should not fear going to school or have to worry about a shooting incident happening at their school. We have it within our power to make real change to help prevent mass shootings and it all begins with understanding the nature and mentality of an active shooter, recognition of the signals and warning signs of violence (particularly in the workplace) and the will to take action to alert authorities, “If you see something, say something”.
Save the date and plan to attend the Free “How to Prepare and Survive an Active Shooter” event on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at the West Valley LAPD Community Police Station. Meeting Starts at 6:30 pm. Trained instructors from LAPD’s Operations Valley Bureau training unit will conduct the event hosted by the LAPD West Valley Area C-PAB (Community Police Advisory Board) group. All are encouraged to attend. (Not recommended for young children).
Questions? Contact James Brown, LAPD West Valley Co-Chair – C-PAB – 818-517-6732 or email: [email protected]