Child care seminar: Preparing for worst

Published on Saturday, 10 August 2013 21:25 - Written by By Danny Mogle danny@inmagtexas.com

In 1997, a man and a woman involved in domestic dispute ended up at Jones Elementary School in Tyler, where the woman had come to pick up her son at the end of the school day. During the confrontation, the woman pulled out a gun and shot the man in the stomach.

The woman then entered a classroom with the gun as the victim was bleeding outside. Teachers quickly locked down the campus and took steps to protect the children.

The man was rushed to a hospital and the woman was arrested. Some of the children saw the bleeding victim before he received medical treatment.

In 2009, a gunman entered a fitness club in Bridgeville, Pa., and opened fire killing three women. At the time, several children were inside the club’s child care room.

Last year, a man, romantically involved with a woman shot the woman’s husband to death outside a Decatur, Ga., preschool. The victim had just dropped off his 2-year-old son.

Is the child care provider you use prepared to deal with a worst-case scenario?

What should child care providers do if they learn authorities are searching for a dangerous gunman in the neighborhood, if an intruder enters the building or if a dispute between adults escalates into violence?

These issues will be addressed during Parent Services Center upcoming annual seminar, “Yes! We Can Keep Our Kids Safe!”

“Participants will receive information on making school and child care facilities secure and training staff to keep children safe,” says information from PSC.

The director of a child care facility will speak on steps to better secure buildings and a nationally certified first responder will provide information on what to do if disaster strikes.

The symposium is set for Sept. 28 in Muntz Library at The University of Texas at Tyler. The opening session begins at 9 a.m. The fee is $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Those who are interested can call PSC at 903-595-2235.

The PSC is a nonprofit organization that provides training and education to help us all raise children in healthy and safe environments.