If you did not read Part 1…you may want to do so before reading Part 2.

During my EduComm presentation,  I identified numerous school related incidents and lessons learned and multiple new ways to improve campus safety, reduce costs, protect reputations and save lives.

Then after reviewing multiple lessons learned I asked the group another question:

What does each of these well-documented incidents have in common?

  • Columbine
  • Virginia Tech
  • Fort Hood
  • University of Alabama-Huntsville


According to expert reviews and reports, each of these incidents could have been prevented.

Let me repeat….each of these incidents could have been prevented. 

Each of these incidents could have been prevented had the organizations implemented Prevention and Intervention Plans with tools/systems to ensure incident reporting, red flag management, proactive action teams (prevention, intervention, behavior analysis, threat assessment, etc.) and documentation resources were accessible on-demand.

If your goal is to improve safety on your campus or within your organization or across your community, isn’t it better to prevent incidents from happening at all?

Based on lessons learned and based on costs, lawsuits, reputation damage, emotional damages and loss of lives, my guess is that if each of these organizations (and numerous others) had the opportunity for a do over, they would all vote for preventing their incident rather than reliving their incident.

Does your organization have the right tools to connect the dots and prevent incidents from happening?