Terror in America's Schools
The need to prepare first responders to defend our nation’s children
America is a nation at war. That’s a reality, not political rhetoric. And some of the battles in that war are going to be fought on American soil—in our communities, among our homes and loved ones. Our enemy has promised us that some of those battles will be fought in our schools as our children are captured, tortured and even killed.
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A Columbine High School student is rescued by Lakewood Police Department SWAT team leader, Donn Kraemer, during the shooting spree in Littleton, Colo. Many school administrators didn't realize that Kleibold and Harris brought more than 90 explosive devices to the school; had they been successful in detonating them, the incident would have been much worse. (Photos AP/KCNC-TV Denver/ STOCK Photo Jim Jurica)
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During the Beslan siege, soldiers, medics and even townspeople joined in the rescue effort, which quickly overwhelmed available forces. (Photo AP /Ivan Sekretarav)
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Aida Sidikova, a girl held hostage during the Beslan school siege escapes momentarily, only to return to the school in confusion. Terrorists ultimately killed more than 300 hostages. (Photo Courtesy John Giduck)
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In the new era of terrorism, EMS personnel must be trained in combat tactics, and police must be trained in superior first aid. Such situations can produce high numbers of casualties among citizens and police, quickly overwhelming tactical medics. At Virginia Tech?s Norris Hall, two tactical medics would have had to treat 55 people if the police had not been sufficiently trained to assist in providing trauma care. (Photo AP / The Roanoke times, Alan Kim)
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