Gunshots on school grounds – enough is enough

May 9, 2019

Despite being less than halfway into 2019, there have already been fifteen school shootings in the US in which someone was hurt or killed.

From Georgia to Tennessee, attacks are taking place across the country, with elementary schools, colleges and university campuses all being targeted.

Shootings are a reality that students, parents and teachers now have to live in fear of.

Just yesterday, a teenager died in a shooting at a Colorado high school – days before his graduation – while charging at one of the attackers.

Eight other pupils were injured before the shooters were arrested.

Last week, a man armed with a gun opened fire on the final day of classes at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He killed two people and left four others wounded – three of them critically.

The university tweeted: “Run, Hide, Fight,” after it received calls on the shooting at the Kennedy building. “Secure yourself immediately!”

Quite frankly, American students deserve better than this – a safe learning environment should be a given in 21st century America.

And the failure to address this devastating epidemic is having lasting consequences for students all over the country.

Here are a few facts that highlight this: 

  • Gun violence is now the second leading cause of death for American children and this is a uniquely American problem.
  • Nearly 2,900 children and teens (ages 0 to 19) are shot and killed and nearly 15,600 are shot and injured every year — that’s an average of 51 American children and teens shot every day.
  • American children aged 5 to 14 are 21 times more likely to be killed with guns.
  • An estimated 3 million American children witness gun violence every year.

So, what can we do?

The emergency services can’t always reach mass casualty incident within the first, very critical, ten minutes.

This is why we’ve created Bleed Control Kits, that were engineered for military but can now but used in public spaces.

The bespoke kits are wall mount-able and released as a disposable litter – allowing students and teachers to administer life-saving trauma care within minutes.

Our team of experts can also deliver a class to students on how to use the life-saving kits.

Ultimately, we help to educate, equip and empower the students and teachers to protect themselves should the unthinkable happen.

Want to know more?

Throughout the summer we will be exhibiting at the Campus Safety Conference.

The series of conferences, taking place in Texas, Las Vegas and North Carolina, deliver content and introductions to those responsible for the safety and security of students, staff and facilities at schools, colleges and universities across the US.

The conference is open to schools and university administrators, public safety officials, technology directors, risk managers, emergency managers, security professionals, and law enforcement executive.

Get in touch with our team of specialists to book your meeting here