Here at Seattle Training Group, we try to stay on top of things pertaining to shooting, strategy, tactics, and other related topics.
Mass shootings or school shootings are all the rage these days. We have noted a pattern in these shootings. There are really two sets of patterns: the pattern in the overall situation of the shooting scenario, and a pattern in the mannerisms, past, and actions (end result) of the active shooter.
Whether or not you think these incidents are some shadow government plan to create chaos and institute some kind of result ranging from disarmament to martial law, or pure bad luck, it makes no difference. Patterns never adhere to one’s system of ideals, or agendas. You have to cast bias aside for this.
In this post, we will detail exactly the kind of situation that every individual must look out for.
In no way, shape or form are we saying that “something is going to happen.” We are going to point out the pattern that stood in place and the conditions around past incidents and let you decide.
A friend of mine got word of a training exercise up in the Lynden School District. This is one of those “joint exercises” where the police, fire and any emergency management assets operating in the area [work together]. It’s actually quite typical and these activities can range from a “table top” wargaming session (think of the old Dungeons and Dragons role playing game) to a live-action drill with real role-players, victims with “exercise injects,” situation reports, guns, fire trucks, and other goodies. No doubt this could be a good time for operators working in these fields, but there is a dark side to this.
This is where the so-called real thing happens, in the midst of all this. Just about every mass shooting has some drill associated with it, such that, even if there is no “conspiracy” involved, it’s a huge liability. It’s what makes dispatches and first responders think it’s an inject, or ignore it. It’s why you can have a police annex or HQ a few miles away and it still takes 20 minutes for them to arrive.
The key to any incident, whether “staged,” “planned,” or as said before, purely bad luck, is compartmentalization. The exercise itself is a fog of war. Whether you are a shadow government looking to create another incident as part of an agenda or a lone nut looking for the best opportunity to get as many kills as possible before law enforcement manages to pour the piss out of the boot and get their act together, you could count on the people who are in the best position to stop you being entirely clueless as to what was going on. Lacking a sense of urgency in responding to new “injects” (these exercises are often treated as a chance to go by the book, meaning go slower, to better hone the procedures), and having an incident entirely out of the script (meaning men with clipboards are going to waste time going through them and scratching their heads), means you can operate with impunity.
And by that time, as we saw in Sandy Hook, the shooter has wiped out as many as he can muster (by whatever shred of conscience remains?) and then offs himself.
On February 21st, Lynden is slated to have such a drill. See it in the words of the Lynden Tribune:
Note that this article is a snapshot from the 13th.
Now this might not seem so remarkable except that a friend of ours asked someone from the school district about this, and they know absolutely nothing about it.
It would seem that there is nothing in the Whatcom Unified Emergency Management links and Department of Emergency Management, yet DEM was mentioned by name in the article.
Whatcom Unified Emergency Management
How will these disrupted lines (now fixed) work out? 911 phone line disruption in 592 prefix
Searching various events and calendar links here have not revealed any mention of the exercise.
A check of the school calendars in this district also show some potential for chaos. While the Lynden Christian School shows nothing remarkable on the 21st, the calendar for Evergreen School does show some scheduling for class pictures. Keep in mind that class pictures are chaotic and would put students out of their classrooms and into centralized locations so that a lockdown protocol whereby individual classrooms are locked or blockaded would not be possible in an active shooter situation. It could comprise possibly one of the worst times for such an incident to occur.
For summary review here is the snapshot of the article from Google Web Cache.
Lynden, LC schools plan for joint safety drill
Lynden police, fire departments in on Feb. 21 ‘tabletop exercise’ as well
LYNDEN — Practice makes perfect, as the old saying goes.
That’s the thinking behind the Lynden School District’s upcoming Safety Day, set for Thursday, Feb. 21.
“On Feb. 21, the Lynden School District, the Lynden Christian School District and Whatcom County Emergency Management, along with our local fire and police departments, are going to have a safety exercise, an emergency planning exercise, to review plans and kind of go through a scenario to practice utilizing those plans,” Lynden Superintendent Jim Frey said. “It’ll be what’s called a tabletop exercise.”
In this exercise, leaders from each organization involved will gather in a room and propose a scenario to be put on a specific school in town, and that school then puts its safety plan through the paces to see if it is sufficient to deal with whatever incident is chosen.
Simultaneously, as the affected school acts out its response, other schools in town will go through an exercise acting as though another school in the vicinity has experienced an incident.
The Lynden fire and police departments, along with Whatcom County Emergency Management, will review their emergency plans.
“The expectation is we get out our plans and we work through them in a tangible way to help make them better,” Frey said.
Emergency plans such as these are at the forefront of the national consciousness in the wake of the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults, then took his own life.
However, Frey said this safety day has been in the works since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. — Lynden Tribune
It is not our goal to cause panic. Chances are, nothing will happen on the 21st. But what we are trying to point out here is that these are the conditions that exist when incidents occur. Whether it’s some shadow government sending in a windup toy, or someone looking to be the next Adam Lanza doing the same kind of investigation into a target that is being done in this article for the “maximum effect,” it makes no difference. Chances are, given the proliferation of DHS grants across the country and new awareness of situations like that, there are probably a score of school districts having the same conditions.
But what are the chances?
Given the politically charged climate, and the high level of media coverage surrounding the last school shooting, what are the chances of a copycat?
If you have children in a school having these factors occurring on a given day, would you take those chances?
Right now the hour is late, and the research on the conditions taken as far as the internet search engines and a few contacts can muster. Thank you for reading. Special thanks goes out to TheReaganWing.com for alerting us to this situation.