LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- "Today's decision by Los Angeles Unified School District to shutter its 900 schools and displace over 600,000 students is understandable based on a received threat AND following on the heels of the tragic events in neighboring San Bernardino County. While security pundits will endlessly debate this decision pending on the credibility of the threat and the outcome of the investigation, it is important to focus on what matters: the preventative safety and security of our children at their schools. Between 2001 and 2013, 71% of active shooter events occurred in businesses or school environments. The highest casualty incidents have happened in our schools. We must use these recent events and today's Los Angeles Unified School District decision to become self-aware of our children's environment. Ask your teachers, your principals, your school superintendent, and your community leaders how safe they believe their school is. Go look for yourself and unite with other parents to effectuate the proper changes. Having a plan and knowing the plan, whether it is for an active shooter, bomb threat, or natural disaster is your responsibility. Assumption and relying on someone else to ask the tough questions about your children safety is the real danger. Be proactive."
Charles Segars is a Los Angeles based safety and security expert with OPSEC ALLIANCE, a leading edge, global security firm specializing in securing at-risk people, places and events. www.opsecalliance.com
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