Archive for November, 2010
A team of school safety experts who provide a special report to congress say that the hostage situation at Marinette High School by Sophomore Samuel Hengel was likely preventable.
The team believes that there appears to have been a lack of proper exterior monitoring and training of staff to visually detect weapons and threats which possibly led to the hostage situation.
“With the exception of the police and the classroom teacher who resolved the situation, the school district of Marinette should be asking themselves some difficult questions”, states congressional report team member Andy Demidont.” How did a student who allegedly had problems, go undetected by the counselors, the principal and the teaching staff? This is the question the press needs to be asking.”
One of the great frustrations we at SERAPH have had in our work with securing school environments over the past 20 years is the obsession many school board members and school administrators have with security equipment such as cameras.
In this article we will set the record straight about security equipment; when is it useful and when it increases security problems?
After the Columbine massacre on April 20, 1999 the school spent an obscene amount of money on security equipment for the high school. Six months later a student walked through these systems with a loaded handgun. The school administrators didn’t understand school safety before April 20th and they had learned little after it. Human beings must manage other human beings!
SERAPH CEO – Dale Yeager has seen a rise in calls and emails by people and attorneys’ seeking investigations and legal help during the Christmas and Hanukah season.
“We’ve been receiving numerous requests each day for asset searches, stalking, divorce legal help and debt collection assistance,” states Yeager. “We have received calls and emails from the Main Line, Philadelphia, Bucks County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, King of Prussia, Norristown, Media, Exton, Wynnewood, Levittown, Oxford Valley and even Allentown the Lehigh Valley.”
SERAPH has seen a great increase in the need to resolve legal issues in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
SERAPH provides divorce legal help, asset searches, money finding, people finding, fraud and theft investigations, embezzlement investigations, and help with bankruptcies, civil judgments, investor fraud or defaulted loans.
SERAPH’s Sam Sulliman Appears on “The Kennedy Detail”
The Senior Vice President of SERAPH will appear in the documentary about the Secret Service detail in charge of President Kennedy.The documentary premieres Nov. 22 at 9 PM EST on the Discovery Channel.
After the assassination of the president Sulliman – a retired Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service – was put in charge of Lyndon Johnson’s detail. His face appears in the infamous picture on Air Force One when LBJ is sworn in with Jackie Kennedy by his side.
Keith Mazza a vice president at SERAPH recently appeared on the TODAY show. His segment centered on the fact that Mazza will be the first non Chinese person to become the Grandmaster of a kung fu system.
Keith Mazza is;
- A certified Combatives and Defensive Tactics Instructor through the IPSSC.
- Subject Matter Expert [SME] for various U.S. military organizations since 1995 including the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
- A Federal law enforcement trainer for the HIDTA program.
A new report entitled “The State of School Safety in American Schools” speaks of sexual assault, violent cliques and violent parents as commonplace in the nation’s schools.
The report was developed by the SERAPH Research team of SERAPH.net a group composed of educators and crime researchers. The team used interviews with 1,520 educators, 925 law enforcement officials and numerous scientific studies to create a detailed assessment of problems facing American schools.
Andreas Demidont is the Vice President of Educational Programs and Services of SERAPH a national school safety and management firm.
Demidont is a retired school superintendent who has received national awards for his work as an educator from the U.S. Department of Education.
“I was asked by the editors of the Daily American to write a weekly column from and school administrators perspective”, states Demidont. “I was happy to provide my experience to this critical subject.”
Demidont’s current column, “Education Reforms, the new McCarthyism” is available at http://www.dailyamerican.com/articles/2010/10/27/opinion/columns/column030.txt