The recent horrifying school shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, CA is heartbreaking. Innocent children caught between the crosshairs of violence is a parent’s nightmare.
Preliminary details indicate that this was a domestic violence issue that spilled over into the workplace – the perpetrator was having a domestic dispute with his wife and went to her place of work with the intent to do violence to her. Because the school staff were familiar with the perpetrator (he was the husband of an employee), he was let into the school. Panicked parents raced to the school after hearing about the incident and many indicated that their children were too young to have cell phones, causing more panic and distress amongst parents.
As always, here at Invictus Consulting we are not going to Monday morning quarterback this situation – in other words, we are not going to criticize or assess how the school handled the affair.
We do want to give you a go-to resource for some topics we’ve discussed here on the blog before:
1. Domestic violence spilling over to the workplace (usually the workplace of the victim) is a major source of workplace violence
2. Avoid Deny Defend is an important preparedness exercise for active shooters
3. Special needs students should factor in to your emergency planning
4. Mobile devices and social media are a mixed bag when it comes to emergency planning
5. Understanding active shooters is important for preparedness
6. Visitor management is a critical part of security
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the North Park Elementary School community and the San Bernardino community during this tragic time.