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EXPERT TEAM FOR U.S. CONGRESS SAYS MARINETTE HIGH SCHOOL HOSTAGE CRISIS WAS LIKELY PREVENTABLE

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.”

Demidont is a retired school superintendent and national award winning educator who is a co author of the “State of School Safety In America” congressional report.

“This hostage situation by the sophomore Hengel appears to have been caused by a lack of exterior monitoring of the school as is recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice Safe Schools guidelines and a lack of training of staff in weapons identification and threat assessment”, states Dale Yeager the leader of the congressional report development team. “One student is dead, hundreds of students are traumatized along with the staff and an entire community has been shaken. No one should take solace in the fact that fatalities were limited. Over the next few weeks the district administrators and school board need to be asking some tough questions of themselves.”

The Congressional report is available at http://www.seraph.net/2010/11/06/state-school-safety-american-schools

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One Response to “EXPERT TEAM FOR U.S. CONGRESS SAYS MARINETTE HIGH SCHOOL HOSTAGE CRISIS WAS LIKELY PREVENTABLE”

  • Larry Kaszynski:

    You forget to mention prevention. It is great to give advise after it has happen!! Why did he do it, where did he get the guns, why were the guns available to a young man in distressed, what set him off. Great all school buildings need a police officer at the door with a metal detector in hand or lets make all doors equipted with metal detectors. Lets find out why he did it, was it a suicide message, the police did not shoot the young man. Stop making more legislation on what happened after the fact and find out why. Don’t blame the teachers or the school district. Go to the root of the cause, WHY he did it!!!!!