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"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
- Albert Einstein

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School Shootings or Airplane Bombings

1. Pre-emptive: Interrupt Before It Becomes Tactical
2. Recognizing Someone Carrying A Hidden Gun

A YouTube video of a teen boy pulling out many weapons including a full sized shotgun and automatic submachine gun from under his shirt and inside pants was shown on our blog, Around Jan’s Kitchen Table. A lot of you responded. The image was shocking and deeply disturbing. The boy looks like a normal teen with a big T and baggy pants. Not unusual. At a casual glance nothing seems out of place.

In a different scenario, I travel regularly. I have passed through security in airports and found out after the fact that I accidently had scissors or liquid containers and even once a bottle of water in my bag. The electronic scans and security staff just missed them.

Preventing terrorist attacks whether in our schools or airports cannot be left in the hands of a few. It requires all of us to participate. Denial is not an option. Overall the people around us are good but there are more “Tricky People” and we need to be alert to the signs and behavior that mean danger.

Two professionals, David Ham and Senior Officer Troy Young, share their thoughts on being pre-emptive. These simple points improve our framework for keeping safe. Our intention is to share knowledge and to encourage schools and organizations to bring in expert training for their students, parents and staff.




Tuck In Your Shirt.
Take a moment to see how easy it is to conceal weapons and why a dress code in your school should reflect tucking in a shirt.

1. Pre-emptive: Interrupt Before It Becomes Tactical
By: David Ham, Yello Dyno Board of Advisor

The number of post Columbine events lives with us today in every parent’s mind through every new headline; from failed attempts to Virginia Tech shootings. Because of the sensational nature of media coupled with the perceived idea ‘what can we do, we’re already maxed out’, parents are often left with a worry scenario rather than action steps to prevent tragedy.

So to inform, inspire and motivate you to advocate to your local school to prevent such happenings whether you are a parent, educator or concerned adult I would like to share with you a few ideas for the safety of the children in your life.

My son’s high school and junior high school follow a state policy of sign ins. As an adult visiting the school you are suppose to make an appointment with a teacher, go to the school office, sign in, get a tag and sign out afterwards. If any teacher does not see a tag, they should go up and ask, “Can I help you?”, read the visual signals as well as the oral ones to verify that all seems in order then direct this person to where they need to go, verify and move along. Overall because this is a natural human interaction and not technical, every school can make this program work.

But what about a student who has concealed gun or guns? A failed lesson learned from Columbine as well as the Oklahoma Federal building bombing, was even though Columbine had school cameras they did nothing to prevent the action just recorded after the fact. In Oklahoma, the bomber forgot fuses burn and make smoke so there were several calls to 911 reporting a van on fire as he drove down the middle of the city with windows lowered smoking away, but the calls like the cameras were reactionary. No one had time to respond.

Today there are several programs which in combination, have interrupted more school shootings than any one of us would like to contemplate. The principles all involve preventative behaviors.

As a responsible parent or educator, you need to know if a child has planned, surveyed, prepared, armed and is planning to walk onto campus with guns. At that point, when the student is walking onto campus with guns, it’s a bit late to meet anyone’s definition of prevention.

You don’t need to be a SWAT officer to understand when parents and teachers pay attention, ask questions and listen while their students talk to other students; they can be in the know.

Twelve Questions: What is Happening at Your School?




1. What game sites are your kids visiting with their friends? Will they walk you through the game?
2. Are you able to walk over and see what the conversations say?
3. Does your school have an ‘anonymous report site’?
4. Does your child have air soft guns with the bright orange tip in place so police will know it is not real.
5. Does your school have a dress code which mandates students tuck in their shirts and wear reasonably fitted pants?
6. Have you told your child, your students, you are open to hearing anything?
7. Have you ever shared something you were not proud of with your child as a teaching modeling concept?
8. Have you noticed gang tags on garbage containers at the school or abandoned businesses or homes in the area?
9. Are you talking to other parents about what they are hearing from their kids about their peers. 10. Who are the students who are bullied all the time and by whom?
11. Do you notice signs of deep depression, withdrawal or intense anger in any of the students around you.
12. Are there any increased concerns from school officials before holidays?

Hopefully this will give parents and teachers ideas you can work into your daily life. Being proactive and communicating with teens is the easiest way to interrupt before it becomes tactical.

2. Recognizing Someone Carrying A Hidden Gun
By: Senior Officer Troy Young, Community Services, Crime Prevention, Garner Police Dept., N.C.

I agree with the dress code idea. But just to let you know the reality of this student actually walking around without dropping a gun is very slim. Not to say that one can’t easily conceal a small handgun anywhere, but we can’t rely on clothing alone. School staff should be trained in observing and looking for the actions and behaviors of a person carrying concealed.

Seven Tips: “it’s not what they look like, but what they do…”




1. Approximately 90% of the world’s population is right handed.
2. 99% of those who carry a concealed handgun illegally do not use a holster; too bulky.
3. #1 & #2 places handguns are concealed illegally; dominant side accessible, front and rear waist band (it’s a toss up on which is more frequent).
4. Clothing Characteristics: a. Shirttail is usually out. b. Out of season, i.e. large coat or sweat shirt/hooded shirt on a hot day c. Protrusions, creases caused by butt, hammer or barrel of the gun.
5. Coat/Jacket Characteristics: a. Pocket hemline lower on gun side, or hood on sweat shirt drooping b. Pocket side with gun will swing while subject is walking, subject will hold the pocket while walking
6. A non-holstered, loaded metal gun pointed at your crotch and/or in the middle of your spine will create certain tale, tale signs and behavior:




a. The gun will shift when the person moves around, causing him to instinctively secure or adjust the gun.
b. The securing/adjusting is usually done with the dominant side hand, palm, wrist or forearm.
c. For better support and concealment the subject will usually keep the dominant side hand close to the gun or at least the body.
d. Will use other hand to make gestures while talking.
e. Will turn gun side away from suspecting individuals.
f. Will keep gun side hand near body when walking or running.




7. Tips and tactics when dealing with suspected gun carrier a. If staff suspects gun carrier, call police. b. School staff should never approach alone. c. Try to guide subject to secure area and wait for police, or d. Try to remove innocents from area without letting on what you are doing. e. Illegal gun carriers have to make an overt movement (very noticeable if you are looking for it) to retrieve the gun from its concealed area. f. Be thinking of cover (something that will stop a bullet) and escape routes.

These are just a few points about illegal gun carriers. This in no way constitutes training in how to recognize armed persons or what to do. For training or more information contact USDOJ, ATFE, Washington, DC.

Hope this helps. David Ham, Senior Officer Troy Young and your friends at Yello Dyno wish you and yours a safe 2009.

Yours for child safety,

Jan Wagner
Yello Dyno Founder

P.S. Pass The Eight Red Flags on now. Each one of us will help to bring about social change.

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