Bay City safety expert suggests what to do in school shooting

BAY CITY, MI — After Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and 2 teachers dead, parents and schools have been on the lookout for renewed violence. interest in gun safety.

Around the Great Lakes Bay area, a fake threat has already been reported by Carrollton Public Schools – similar to the copycat threats made following the Oxford High School shooting in November.

That shooting just over 6 months ago was followed by a host of others, including the grocery market shooting in Buffalo, New York, which left 10 dead and 2 injured and a The graduation ceremony held last week at East Kentwood High School in Kent County has Tom Mynsberge with Critical Incident Management advising area residents to always be prepared.

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Mynsberge said school shootings, in particular, get community attention because they affect a population of innocent children.

Despite recent events nationwide, he said the slightest twinge of local complacency and inherently porous school environments are what can contribute to many of these cases.

Its management group, formed in 2001, works with about 100 school districts statewide to help them prepare for incidents like these.

At the local level, which includes schools in Saginaw Township, Owosso and Frankenmuth, but Mynsberge said similar agencies are partnering with other districts to help them stay ready as well.

“With my 20 years of experience on the SWAT team and our over 700 active killer training calls, bad guys can’t seem to get through barricaded locked areas in a short amount of time to cause a high rate of carnage,” did he declare.

Mynsberge said many police departments across the state have procedures in place to be able to respond to cases like these within about five minutes.

During that five-minute period, Mynsberge said you have to be ready to protect yourself.

“My nickname is live by the sea,” he said.

“S to seek safe shelter. They have fire doors and almost secure brick walls like a prison. If this is actively compromised. E is for escape. Break a window or try to give yourself a way out,” he said. “But there are times when there are no exits, such as during the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. The victims were barricaded and locked in a bathroom. There are the A: you must attack the attacker and attack with vengeance.”

More than anything, Mynsberge said it’s important to stay aggressive when it comes to gun violence education and keep plans and drills up to date with defensive best practices.

For more information on Critical Incident Management, its training programs, or to see if a school or business near you has partnered with CIM, visit

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