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What Happened:

A former student of a high school in Parkland, FL murdered at least 17 people and sent at least 15 more to the hospital. He pulled a fire alarm and, as students exited the building, he shot them.

He then entered the building and started firing into classrooms – including shooting at least one teacher who was trying to close a classroom door. Hours later, it was still unclear the status of all students. Students using social media were able to communicate better than staff and first responders.

Take a look at this short video made by the Broward Sheriff’s Office and shown during a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meeting.

It shows the shooter, Nikolas Cruz as the black dot. The students are green and teachers are bright blue. Those who are wounded turn yellow and those who die turn purple. 

Warning: Video is disturbing.

How Mayday Safety Could Have Helped: 

  • A Mayday alert to all students and staff could have advised them to ignore the fire alarm, stay in their classrooms, and lock the doors.
  • Campus-wide, the head of security could have an immediate view of which classrooms have “checked-in” as safe/locked down and which were under attack/needed help.
  • Parents would have known the location and condition of their children.
  • Other school buildings could have locked down as well.
  • First responders could have had a view/listen into wherever needed to assess the situation.
  • Instead of a scattered/disorganized social media response, consolidated information could have been shared and processed by security and first responders.
  • Mayday training would have shown the importance of medical tools and training such as tourniquets in every classroom.
  • Emergency services could have been notified sooner.

Mayday Safety might have prevented so much of this tragedy. Within the first 60 seconds, the school could have gone on lockdown and prevented this shooter from entering classrooms.

Mayday Safety could have notified all teachers and students about the emergency and directed them immediately on what to do.

We have an upcoming webinar that will demonstrate how Mayday Safety can help you protect your school and manage emergencies when every second counts. Register now!