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Wenatchee School District SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SECURITY TRAINING *** Acts of Violence or Terrorism***

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  1. Wenatchee School District SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SECURITY TRAINING***Acts of Violence or Terrorism***

  2. 3 Options in Responding to Threats or Acts of Violence • Be like an ostrich. Stick our heads in the sand and ignore the possibility • Overreact. Live in paranoia and fear that negatively impacts the quality of our lives • Keep our eyes and ears open and report suspicious activities and learn how to react to a crisis if it were to occur

  3. Six Basic Security Management Steps 1. Keep calm and assess the situation 2. Contact dispatch as soon as possible and use plain language to explain the emergency 3. If required - evacuate, relocate or shelter in place

  4. Protect self, and protect and assist the students • Identify self to and cooperate with emergency responders • Follow school procedures and complete documentation

  5. Defining the Threat and Risk THE CLASSIC DEFINITION OF TERRORISM IS: “The threat or use of force or violence to coerce a government or civilian population, in pursuit of political or social objectives” • Federal Bureau of Investigation

  6. Examples of Terrorist Motivation Can Include: • Political or religious beliefs • Hatred of the United States • Revenge by disgruntled workers and students • Mental instability • Racism or ethnic hatred • Criminal behavior

  7. Examples ofTerrorist Acts Include: • School Takeover, Belsan Russia, 330 dead, 9/1/04 • World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on 9/11/01 • Columbine High School, 13 dead, 24 injured 4/2/99 • Bath School Bombing, 45 dead, 58 injured, 5/18/27

  8. Potential Terrorist Targets Include: • Mass transit vehicles (buses, trains, subways, ferries) • Public buildings and assembly areas (theaters, stadiums, malls, libraries,) • Public schools and universities (campuses, sports events, special events) • Churches • Military facilities • Water supply and power locations

  9. Why are School Facilities/School Buses Vulnerable? • Relatively unprotected and vulnerable • Potential large number of casualties • They are everywhere in the nation • Children present an emotional target • Attacks would demoralize the community, state, and nation

  10. School Bus Drivers are the Eyes and Ears of the Community Be aware of: • Suspicious activity or behavior • Unusual conditions of vehicles • Strange packages or items brought onto the bus • Emergency operating plans and procedures

  11. Recommended Security “Habits” for School Bus Drivers • Be familiar with state, school district, and department security guidelines • Remove keys from ignition when vehicle is unattended • Conduct pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections

  12. Recommended Security “Habits” for School Bus Drivers, cont… • Maintain an uncluttered bus • Maintain constant awareness of people and activities • Trust your gut reaction • Immediately report any suspicious activity

  13. Be familiar with your surroundings Facility Changes in workplace environment School staging areas Student pick up/drop off area

  14. Scenario #1 You are a school bus driver. As you are waiting outside the school to take students home, you notice a man taking pictures of the school building. He does not look particularly threatening. What should you do?

  15. Identifying and Reporting Unusual Behavior • Interest in school facilities and/or school buses, employees, or students • Repeated sightings within the school or bus environment • Taking photographs or video of staging areas • Abandoning an item and leaving the area quickly • Possessing a weapon or dangerous item

  16. Approximate height, weight and physical stature Type and color of clothing (gang clothing) Noticeable features: hat, glasses, beard or mustache, flashing jewelry, walks with a cane or limp, runs or walks off quickly, turns away when looked at, stares Holding items: camera, briefcase, bags, backpack etc. Characteristics to be Noted when Reporting Suspicious People

  17. Identifying and Reporting Unusual Vehicles • Repeated sightings • Vehicle type, appearance, & location concerns • Vehicles following or shadowing school buses • Vehicles with suspicious occupants • Note the year, make, model, color, license plate, occupants, direction, other identifying features

  18. Suspicious Items, Devices and Sounds • Placed in out-of-the way locations where they are not easily seen • Accompanied by threatening message • Could have the potential to be a bomb of some type

  19. Suspicious Items, Devices and Sounds • Visible wires, batteries or timers attached • Abandoned by someone who quickly leaves the scene • Tanks, bottles or bags visible • A suspicious cloud, mist, gas or vapor

  20. Suspicious Items, Devices and Sounds • Common objects in uncommon locations, such as baby strollers or back packs • Uncommon objects in common locations, such as gas cylinders

  21. General Rules to Avoid Injury from a Dangerous Object: • NEVER touch, move or cover the suspicious object or device • If an item is touched, keep hands away from mouth, nose and eyes. Wash hands well. • Move as far away as possible and stay out of object’s line-of-sight • Do not use a radio or cell phone within 300’ • Keep away from glass windows or other materials that could become flying debris • Remain alert for additional or secondary explosive devices

  22. Evacuating, Relocating, or Sheltering in Place RESPONSE PRIORITIES IN ANY ATTACK ARE TO: • Protect yourself • Notify appropriate authorities • Protect students and others • Assist students and others • Assist emergency responders

  23. Responses to Protect Oneself: • Don’t take risks • Don’t assume anything • Don’t forget about secondary devices • Don’t taste, eat, smell or touch anything suspicious • Don’t become a victim

  24. Notify Authorities by Explaining: • Your exact location and condition • Type of injuries and/or symptoms • Victim locations and positions • Indicators of activities and objects • Wind direction and weather on scene • Existing or potentially dangerous condition

  25. Managing the Scene • Continue to keep calm, reassure, and protect students • Report incident • Be alert to the possibility of secondary explosive devices • Do not use cell phones or radios within 300’ • Identify yourself to first responders upon their arrival • Await direction from Incident Commander

  26. Scenario #2 As you look in your rear view mirror, you notice one of your students has a handgun stuck in the waistband of his jeans. He looks wild-eyed and unstable. What do you do?

  27. Handling Acts or Potential Acts of Violence on the Bus • Stay calm and remain in control • Look for ways to radio dispatch with location and nature of emergency and use plain language • If possible, park the bus in a safe, public place off the roadway with the door open and your 4-ways activated • If a weapon is involved, do not grab for it or make sudden movements • Make every effort to make assailant feel you are cooperating • If violence is directed at a student passenger, contact dispatch and intervene only if safe to do so

  28. Deterring A Hostage Situation • Survey staging area or student pick up/drop off for suspicious people/activities • Do not open doors; instead communicate through a window • If suspicious individual is at RR crossing, do not open door; make visual survey of tracks and move when safe. Contact Dispatch. • Do not board persons if you suspect they are carrying a weapon or dangerous package • If individual is on bus with concealed weapon, pretend you don’t see it. Stay calm, do not confront. If necessary, get everyone off the bus. Contact dispatch.

  29. Dealing With A Hostage Situation • If bus is commandeered, follow all instructions – avoid confrontation. Remain calm. Use common sense. • Talk to the hijacker, try to create a relationship. Don’t antagonize; be patient and assertive • Attempt to alert authorities by using your 4-ways or 8-ways but do not take action if it will increase risk to self or others

  30. Scenario #3 • You are in the middle of your PM run and a fight breaks out between two of your students, what do you do?

  31. Dealing With a Fight Situation • Remain calm, the other students need to see that you are in control • Immediately contact dispatch for assistance and explain situation • If possible, drive to a safe place, engage warning lights and pull off the roadway • Use the PA system, loud whistle or loud voice to get students attention and ORDER students to STOP FIGHTING • Intervene ONLY if you feel comfortable in doing so • If fighting does not stop, move uninvolved students from the violence (evacuate if necessary) and wait for assistance • Once fighting stops, separate students and report incident

  32. Summarizing Your Role • You are one of the first lines of defense against violence in our schools and our community • Threats of terrorism and violence are a very real possibility • You are the eyes and ears of the community • Inspecting your bus and your surroundings is key to deterring violence or acts of terrorism • Reacting to and reporting unusual behavior and vehicles is the first step in preventing the violence

  33. Summarizing Your Role • Reacting to and reporting dangerous items, devices and dangerous substances is essential • Practice evacuating and sheltering in space • No how to manage your students and the scene • Be familiar with the procedures on how to handle conflicts and threats of violence • Surviving a hostage situation is YOUR JOB and you will survive

  34. REVIEW OF SIX BASIC SECURITY MANAGEMENT STEPS 1. Keep calm and assess the situation 2. Contact dispatch as soon as possible and use plain language to explain the emergency 3. If required - evacuate, relocate, or shelter in place 4. Protect self, and protect and assist the students • Identify self to and cooperate with first responders • Follow school procedures and complete documentation