Staff at Williston Public School District Receives FREE School Violence Planning And Management Training

As of Aug. 5, there have been 255 mass shootings in the U.S. this year, according to data from the non-profit Gun Violence Archive which tracks every mass shooting in the country. This puts 2019 on pace to be the first year since 2016 with an average of more than one mass shooting a day. Several sponsors joined forces to fund the training needed to educate and prepare the staff of Williston Public Schools for an act of violence.
 
On Friday, Aug. 16, over 600 school staff attended a free School Violence Planning and Management training at Williston High School. The training was led by the North Dakota Safety Council’s (NDSC) master instructor, Don Moseman. Moseman has studied more than 100 school shootings and, during his nearly 20 year career in the Colorado State Patrol, he responded to three active shooter events.
 
“As a society, we can surely debate how we arrived at this moment and how we can improve,” says Moseman. “However, the focus for schools and businesses should be what steps they need to take to mitigate the possibility of an active shooter event and how to prepare their staff, students and employees to properly react in an emergency situation.”
 
During the training, administrators, teachers and other staff reviewed case studies of past school shootings and lessons learned; discussed known traits and origins of school shooters; learned tips for early identification of potential problematic behaviors; and covered best practices for development of an emergency response plan.
 
“One of the most overlooked, but critical, areas of mitigation is the content of an organization’s Emergency Response Plan,” says Moseman. “By having the right protocols, procedures and training in place, you will save lives. You may never know how many you saved, but make no mistake, you will save someone.”
 
These classes were funded by the NDSC Scholarship Fund and donations from C&J Energy Services, Knife River – an MDU Resources Company, Oasis Petroleum, Secure Energy Services, and the family of Scott and Kari Turnquist.
 
To learn more about the NDSC’s School Violence Prevention programs and services, visit www.ndsc.org/communityprotection.