Local security expert working with SPS to make film about active shooter prevention and safety
SPOKANE, Wash. — Randy Spivey, Founder and CEO of the Center for Personal Protection and Safety, is no stranger to making films about personal protection. One of his first was about how to be safe after a shooting in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. That film has been used to train employees by the FBI and by universities and colleges across the nation.
Now in light of recent school shootings, he’s working with Spokane Public Schools to make one targeting students at the K-12 level. The school district has allowed his company to use North Central High to film this coming Sunday, and several students will be used as actors in the video.
“You basically have three options, run, hide, fight,” he said. “We use the term ‘the outs’, get out, hide out or keep out or take out, the shooter.”
He says what you should do during an active shooting situation is only going to be half of what the film covers. The message he wants to get out is that preventing a school shooting starts well before the shooting itself. He says parents, students and teachers need to be aware and report any odd behaviour to the school administration, counselors or law enforcement.
“Its a myth that kids just snap and become a shooter,” Spivey said. “Recent FBI studies show that 81 percent of school shooters told somebody before the shooting they were going to do it.”
He says students need to be on the lookout for changes in their friends’ moods, like consistent outbursts of anger, excessive blame of others for their problems, or euphoric highs without reason. Another indicator is students that are known for being shy all of a sudden becoming outgoing and outspoken, or the inverse.
He says parents need to be able to listen to their children if they describe anything odd, or if they mention unusual or violent social media posts. Parents also should encourage their kids to tell authorities, even if they feel uncomfortable.
“A great tool for kids is to not do it by themselves,” he said, describing how students should report anything odd, “have them get friends to come along, so its not just highlighting them.”
“Beyond Lockdown” will be filmed Sunday and Spivey says it will be free to the public when released.
He hopes to have it out sometime in June.
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