On February 14, 2018, 19 year old. Nikolas Jacob Cruz paid an Uber driver to take him to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. At 2:19 p.m., at the beginning of school dismissal, the Uber driver dropped him off. Cruz easily entered the Freshman section of the school armed with a semi-automatic M-16, vest and additional magazines for the weapon. He commenced to firing over 100 rounds at students and faculty inside the school. He then stashed his weapon and gear and blended with exiting terrified kids to escape the facility. He was spotted and apprehended without incident a few miles from the scene of the shooting.
On December 14, 2012, sometime before 9:30 a.m., 20 year old Adam Peter Lanza fatally shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, age 52, with a .22 Marlin rifle in their Newtown home. Now armed with his mother's legally owned Bushmaster XM-15, he drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, shot his way through a locked glass door at the school's entrance and began to open fire at everyone he came in contact with. He shot all of his victims multiple times before taking his own life with his weapon.
On April 3, 2007, 7:15 a.m., Seung Hui Cho, a 23-year-old, South Korean born senior and English major at Blacksburg-based Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 students and teachers in one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history. Armed with a licensed 9-millimeter handgun and a 22-caliber handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, he entered a classroom building. He chained and locked several main doors and went from room to room shooting people. Ten minutes after his rampage started, he committed suicide with his weapon.
On April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, senior students Eric Harris (18) and Dylan Klebold (17) placed duffel bags containing bombs in the cafeteria and set them to explode at 11:17 A.M. When they didn't detonate, they re-entered the cafeteria armed with an Intratec TEC-DC9 and Stevens 311D double barreled sawed-off shotgun and opened fire killing 23 students and teachers.They injured 21 additional people and inured three more while attempting to escape the school. In addition to the shootings, the complex and highly planned attack involved a fire bomb to divert firefighters, propane tanks converted to bombs placed in the cafeteria, 99 explosive devices, and car bombs. Had the original devices exploded with full power, they would have killed or severely wounded all 488 students in the cafeteria and possibly collapsed the ceiling, dropping part of the library into the cafeteria. After exchanging fire with responding police officers, the pair subsequently committed suicide.
Reports estimate there are more than two million legal (and illegal) handguns on the streets of New York State at any time. There are also more than one million people clinically diagnosed with mental illnesses taking prescribed psychotropic medication in New York as well. The chances of a mentally disturbed person coming into contact with one or more of these weapons is very likely.
Sandy Hook Elementary School
28 Killed/2 injured
Virginia Tech Massacre
32 Killed/23 injured
Columbine H.S Massacre 23 killed/20 injured
If you're an administrator, professor or teacher in a New York State public, private or charter school, consider these three very important questions:
•Do you feel your school is a safe environment for you and your children?
•On a scale of 1-10, rate the level of safety you feel at your facility.
•On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your chances of survival should an 'active shooter' invade your facility?
(Your honest answers will shock you!)
After the world witnessed the most recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida the overall belief is that the safety measures in place to protect students and teachers in public and private schools are ill- functioning. LEVERAGE wants to assist your facility in becoming pro-active by re-accessing, strengthening or creating new security measures in and around your facility to protect it against an armed attack.
LEVERAGE has designed the BE PREPARED Program.
The BE PREPARED Program is an Emergency Readiness system that instructs the administration, teachers, school personnel and students in effective methods of preparedness in case of an armed invasion at their
Our belief at LEVERAGE is: "It is better to BE PREPARED and never necessitate the usage of our training than NOT BE PREPARED and suffer unfathomable loss."
Douglass High School
17 Killed/ 14 injured