We do not comment on situations or pick apart action plans of “breaking” events. Rather we allow the situation to resolve, law enforcement to conduct their investigations and then wait for all the facts of the situation to come out before commenting on that specific incident. This at times causes news producers and journalists a little heartburn as they want to fill airtime with anything related to the event…sometimes facts “be damned.” We are always happy to provide expert insight into the situation by educating the viewer/listener in trends in work place (or school place) violence, the importance of and steps one should take to create an emergency action plan, characteristics of these perpetrators…you know the boring factual based important stuff.
Following is a great article by Scriven King at www.thesecuritydialogue.org We love to give credit when credit is due and this guy nailed it on the head! Wild speculation and lack of facts do provide fodder for “info-tainment” but as security professionals our industry should be held to a very high standard. After all, we are only trying to protect human lives.
Here is the article…it is well worth reading!
Scriven King Article