Safety at school is a growing concern for parents and teens. The best way to prepare teens to be safe at school is to start with a conversation.
- Ask your kids what they might do in a dangerous situation. Would the teen hide? Would she run? Would he be tempted to try to fight the intruder? All these answers are correct.
- Watch this five-minute survival video produced by the state of Texas and Homeland Security. The video discusses the crisis and offers life saving tips teens might not think about:
Turn off the ringer on cell phones.
Climb out a window, or use any means of escape.
Help others, but leave behind those who freeze or slow down your escape.
Once you have escaped, warn others, and call again for help.
- Obtain a floor plan of your teen’s school. Review the exits, and discuss possible places to hide.
- Tell your teen to report anyone who seems out of place in the school.
- Develop a plan and practice what your family and your teen would do in an active shooter situation.
Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why, says that when confronted with a life-threatening situation, 90% of people freeze or panic, but 10% of people stay cool. Planning and practice can help your teen keep cool in a crisis.