Keeping Our Kids Safe Doing What Works!
by Yale Wishnick
Yale Wishnick, Ed.D. has worked closely with public and private sector organizations over the past 40 years and is applying his organizing knowledge and skills to reverse the deterioration of our Constitutional Republic. Wishnick has developed the Strength-Based Justice model which emphasizes individual strengths over social issues and self-reliance over dependency. As a proud life member of Oath Keepers, Wishnick has developed a Ten Point Organizing Plan to take back America from the progressive left, based on his book, From a Culture of Dependency to a Culture of Success: Focusing on What’s Right about America and the American People. Wishnick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping Our Kids Safe
Doing What Works!
Common sense and sensibility have been absent from the national debate to protect and defend America’s children. Currently, anyone can easily enter a US public school and murder teachers and students. Public school administrators and school board members have simply been derelict in their responsibility to make their schools safe. Under the law, all public schools are required to protect students and act as if they were their parents. Loco parentis, Latin for “in the place of a parent” refers to the legal responsibility of the public schools for students.
By any measure, it is clear the public schools have failed to keep our children safe. Compared to our airports, government buildings, courts, and even our entertainment centers, public school administrators and school board members have refused to act.
The primary and singular responsibility of government generally, and specifically the federal government is to ensure the safety of all American Citizens, and to that end, our government and its leaders have failed. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
While the terror and carnage left behind from the attacks on our children are devastating, it is the creation of a national narrative of scapegoating and the obfuscation of responsibility that is destroying the underlying fabric and soul of America. America is asleep and it’s time we wake from this horrible nightmare. It’s time to reject and expose those who would use the deaths of our children for their political gain and turn the nations’ attention to programs and solutions that work. It is time to end these American Killing fields and get on the right side of common sense. So let’s begin.
Emphasizing What Works
The program and strategy to make our public schools safe is clear, and the only obstacle is our refusal to act. Our focus here is simple: Instead of emphasizing problems we identify solutions. Instead of being experts on the problem we are experts on what works. In other words, let’s focus on what we know will make our public schools safe for all children and young adults. To do this, we need to turn our attention to a place where keeping children safe is a number one priority; a Country which does not equivocate on what must be done to ensure the safety of all children. That Country is Israel.
Israel as a Model for Keeping Out the Bad Guys
In the United States, we wade through the fog of fake news and solutions that have no connection to reality. Politicians debate, but do not act and rarely if ever, exhibit any sense of courage.
But in Israel, they are in a fight for their lives. They don’t have the luxury of debating about whether or not guns are the solution or the problem of school violence. Israelis keep it simple: an armed people is a safer people.
For over 40 years the leaders of Israel have known how to construct a safe and secure school environment for students. In 1974, a gunmen murder twenty-two Israeli children and three adults with 68 individuals horribly injured. Immediately following this mass murder there was no national debate. You did not hear any psycho-babble analysis or media talking heads attempting to explain or explain away the tragedy. There was no handwringing and a call for the elimination of guns, knives or machetes. More specifically, there was no declaration to make schools gun-free zones. Instead, the Israeli government passed a law securing the perimeter of every Israeli school with armed security and the arming of qualified teachers.
To be specific, the Israeli government declared there would be only one way into a school, and when you enter a school you will be met by a trained, armed security guard. Armed guards can be the police, soldiers, school staff, civilians, and parents. Guards are strategically placed around the school and are required to check the school site 30 minutes before school starts. Guards check people and vehicles entering the school and have the authority to permit or refuse entry to unauthorized individuals.
The guards, with their firearms, create real security and provide a powerful self-defense to any threats; threats that are dealt with until the police arrive on the scene. Armed security guards also accompany students on field trips, when they leave school grounds.
The Role of the Police A significant factor which distinguishes Israel from the United States is the close working relationship between Israeli Ministry of Education and the Israel Police. Unlike the US, where there is no formal relationship between the education establishment and school security, the Ministry of Education works closely with the police to provide security and security protocols.
The Security and Emergency Department within the Israeli Police has the overall responsibility to provide security for all schools from kindergarten through college. The school principal oversees the specific security arrangements and must appoint a designated security aide to assist in the protection of the school.
The Israeli Police are required to create a file for each school, which includes the number of students and staff, phones, means of communication, and the type of security provided that works with the school. The Police also visits and inspects all school sites, communicates on a daily basis with security and school staff, and provides guidance to local school security officers.
The 100 Percent Right Position In the mind of Israelis there was only one right solution to student safety: Make sure no one could get close to an Israeli child or young adult to cause them harm. This policy was and is the 100 percent right position.
In other words, Israeli children are safe. In fact, there has been only two school shootings since 1974, and both have ended with teachers killing those that would murder children.
The law requires every school in Israel is fenced in and you must go through a locked gate that is secured by an armed security guard. The guard will ask why you are there? “What is your child’s name?” “Show me your I.D. card,” and make sure you have no weapons before you enter. As the saying goes, it’s not rocket science.
So, it’s time for the United States to take the 100 percent right position. While every supporter of the Constitution would prefer the States take immediate action, that simply is not going to happen. Therefore, it’s time for the President of the United States to take immediate action and protect America’s children. If we can give billions of tax dollars to banana republics and dictators, we can surely find the money to make our public schools safe and secure. It’s time to take real action and be on the right side of protecting our children and young adults. Anything else is on the wrong side.