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The Month of January Leads in High Number of Active Shooting Events

Publicly available data shows that January is a historically high leading month for active shooter events. We know that the topic of an active shooter situation is scary, but we also know that being prepared is the best thing you can do to combat an active threat. Start thinking about your New Year's resolutions today, and resolve to be better prepared.

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Why Are There More Shooting Events in January?

According to CNN, over 10 years there have been 172 active shooter threats in January, as opposed to 32 in July and 49 in June. This disparity could be due to the shooter being in crisis during the holiday season. Also, winter can be more isolating, causing active shooters to lash out without having developed the proper behavioral coping skills.

Ronald Roszak is a former law enforcement officer and he currently serves as the Senior Safety Advisor for the Institute for Childhood Preparedness. Roszak conducts active shooter preparedness training, and he says, “Post-holiday time can be a stressful period for children and students dealing with personal or relationship issues. Staff members and teachers need to work together to identify anyone showing signs of emotional distress, anger, or threatening behavior. Mental health professionals should be consulted and begin intervention to avoid a tragic event.”