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On November 28, 2016, Ohio State University joined the list of schools who have experienced violence on a large scale. This time, the attacker used a vehicle and then a knife.
In the 2013 attacks at Lone Star College in Cypress Texas, the attacker used a razor type knife.
In the 2007 Virginia Tech attack in Blacksburg Virginia, the attacker used firearms.
Colleges are an easy target, or what the government calls a “soft target.” There’s lots of people in lots of places doing lots of things. They are busy with work, schoolwork, studying, socializing, enjoying competitive events, and more. Large campuses, multiple buildings, many groups of people, and open campus access are just a few of the obstacles campus law enforcement agencies must take into account while trying to protect everyone from practically everything.
Some schools want to increase funding for more officers or more security cameras or more “how to spot depression” training for faculty. But all of these efforts still put every individual’s safety into the hands of someone else.
Every student and every faculty member must OWN their own safety. That doesn’t mean they all need to be armed or even that they all need to live in a constant state of fear or paranoia.
What it does mean is that each person must be able to look around and see if something is wrong, BEFORE they become a victim of the incident. But they must know and understand HOW to do that.
We teach those exact skills in an inexpensive 2.5-hour class that can save lives! So why haven’t you heard about our course being taught at your local campus? That’s a good question.
In our efforts to reach out to college administrators, we have experienced 3 general responses:
1- Thanks but we can’t afford it (without having heard our prices).
2- Providing a class like that might make our students and their parents think our school is dangerous.
3- No response at all.
Are you shocked? We were.
We offer special group pricing that can get the cost of our Situational Awareness class to less than $10 per person. And since faculty, students, and parents already have access to TV, radio, and the internet, they probably already know that colleges (and malls, parking lots, convenience stores, churches, etc) are dangerous.
So, with this latest example of terrible things that can happen on a school campus (or any public place), we are even more determined to help students and faculty members become safer WITHOUT relying on someone else. But we need your help.
“All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke
If administrators have their hands tied with bureaucracy or the fear of local politics, they’ve never heard of us, or if they are one of the few who just refuse to engage the problem, we must find a different approach to saving the lives of our children, friends, and family members who either work or study on college campuses.
So here is how we are asking you to help:
1- If you don’t already know us, go to our website (WWW.LABCAF.COM) and learn about who we are and why we are different than other self-defense classes.
2- While you’re there, look at our classes to see what we teach. The 2.5-hour situational awareness course mentioned earlier is called “Shecret Agent 101.” Although our main focus is to teach women to avoid and stop violence against them, EVERYTHING in this 2.5-hour class can be applied to ANY dangerous situation.
3- Here’s the part where YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of others: whether you are a student, faculty member, alumnus, family member, or friend, reach out to the student and faculty organizations where you have connections and let them know about us and what we’re trying to do. Send a copy of this article (and a link to our website) to those leaders who desperately want those in their organizations to be safer.
Examples: Student Government, religious groups (Baptist Student Union, Campus Crusade for Christ, etc.), sororities, student clubs, fraternities, local churches, and so on. We will GLADLY offer the same group rates to these groups for their members as we would for the college!
NOTE: Because of the actions of some, many fraternities have terrible reputations as womanizing sexual predators. If positive fraternities started supporting women’s safety through sponsoring courses like ours, maybe the terrible fraternity stereotypes glorified in the movies might become a little less common.
4- If you have already attended our classes, please share the lessons, compassion, and professionalism you experienced in our classes with those you contact. Your newfound courage and understanding of safety will shine much brighter than anything we could say to a decision maker.
5- If you haven’t attended our classes, please read the reviews and comments on our website, or sign up for a class. Even at regular prices, our classes teaching life-long safety skills are extremely inexpensive.
I know what we teach can save lives, promote self-reliance and the determination to survive any terrible situation. But we need your help reaching all those who can’t hear us, because only through personal readiness can a college campus (or any “soft target”) become safer against violence.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
Please take action today and be part of the solution to stop violence. Make a call, send an email, contact friends on social media and let them know there IS a way to be safer without great expense, without having to live behind armed guards, security cameras, and barbed wire fences.
Tell them about LaBCaF.com today!
LaBCaF, LLC & LABCAF.COM