LESC Links April 21st 2010


In response to the Virginia Tech incident on April 16, 2007, former cabinet Secretaries Michael Leavitt and Margaret Spellings, and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales submitted the Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy dated June 13, 2007. The report included a recommendation that the U.S. Secret Service (Secret Service), the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) explore the issue of violence at institutions of higher education (IHEs). Accordingly, we initiated a collaborative effort to understand the nature of this violence and identify ways of preventing future attacks that would affect our nation’s colleges and universities.

This effort was implemented through the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center, the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. The project drew from the Secret Service’s experience in studying threat assessment and the prevention of targeted violence; the Department of Education’s expertise in helping schools facilitate learning through the creation of safe environments for students, faculty, and staff; and, the FBI’s threat assessment and investigative expertise.

This whole report is well worth reading to anyone whose responsibility lays in the safety of others and detecting, deterring and disrupting and preventing or responding to violence. The report covers many characteristics and factors well worth knowing. Specific examples of factors considered in the decision-making process of the violent perpetrators, include the following:

  • · indications of planning
  • · method and manner of the attack
  • · travel by the subject to a locale where a specific person’s presence could reasonably be anticipated
  • · apparent triggering event
  • · admissions of intent or other communications by the subject reported before, during, and/or after the incident
  • · The nature of the subject’s relationship with the victim(s) prior to the attack.

Pre-incident indicators: Concerning behaviors were observed by friends, family, associates, professors, or law enforcement in 85 incidents (31 percent). These behaviors included, but were not limited to: paranoid ideas, delusional statements, changes in personality or performance, disciplinary problems on campus, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, non-specific threats of violence, increased isolation, “odd” or “bizarre” behavior, and interest in or acquisition of weapons. Examples include the following: Bottom line read it ~ Fred

OK, Let's Talk About Certification

I found this article very interesting on certificates for train means very little to competency and Excellence in performance.

A certificate by itself is useless. It may only have a positive effect when combined with other measures. Certificates can lay a foundation of awareness for what’s out there, and what’s important. When combined with a personal coach, social pressure, proper tools, some supervising, and capable management, a certificate could pay for itself a hundred times.

Great points are made; take a look here ~Fred

Oklahoma City marks 15 years since bombing

Survivors and family members of the 168 people who died in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building gathered Monday to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the attack.

Hundreds of people attended the ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial to remember those killed in the April 19, 1995, explosion. More than 600 others were injured in the attack at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Before the ceremony - which started shortly before 9:02 a.m., the time the bombing occurred - bells tolled in Oklahoma City's downtown and some family members visited the site of the federal building razed in the attack, where chairs to honor the bombing victims now stand. Continue reading

Kan. man ticketed for flipping off cop gets $4,000 City must train cops to 'take abuse'

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Scott Schaper wasn’t happy when he got a ticket in Olathe. He struck back by flashing the officer the finger and giving voice to the gesture.

That got him another ticket for disorderly conduct. And now it has made him $4,000 richer.

City prosecutors dropped the disorderly conduct ticket and Olathe last week agreed its insurance company would pay $4,000 to Schaper and $1,000 to his lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri. Continue Reading

How do we stay calm and defuse this type of all too often seen scenarios? The first step is simple to say, but takes hard work to accomplish…NEVER GET ANGRY! That is never get, out of control angry. ~Fred