LIMA — A former West Point psychology and military science professor, considered to be a leading expert on violent crime, will speak later this month to teachers, police and others.
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman also is a retired Army Ranger who speaks to people about the psychology of a violent encounter. He talks about dealing with the aftermath of violent encounters including situations where police had to use deadly force.
“It’s about the mental side of the game and being sure you’re ready and the aftermath afterward,” said Grossman who has trained police, teachers and others in all 50 states. He also trains elite soldiers in the U.S. military.
Insight Firearms Training Development is bringing Grossman to Rhodes State College on June 23 for a day-long presentation he calls “The Bulletproof Mind.” Insight lead Instructor Steve Farmer said half of the people who have signed up, so far, are teachers or school staff.
Grossman said teachers and school staff are a popular group due to school shootings that have captured headlines in the past 15 years. Grossman is a proponent of arming teachers and staff who are willing and have the necessary training.
“We need to keep our kids safe,” he said.
Such programs are growing following the high-profile shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 that killed 20 children and six staff members. But the concept is not new. Utah has allowed for armed school staff for more than a decade with a proven track record of no homicides in a school, he said.
“We have never had a multiple homicide in a school where a person could shoot back,” he said. “We know if there’s someone who can shoot back, the kid doesn’t even try.”
Grossman, the author of “Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill” said school shootings are not unique to the United States. Some of the worst mass murders by children at school were in Germany where there are a lot tighter gun laws.
He said there are steps schools can take beyond arming willing teachers and staff such better door locking systems and putting a film over the windows that allows the glass to shatter but stay intact and impenetrable.
He also will talk about the influence of violent video games and images on television.