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January 2015

US awards $4.6m to UNICEF for safer schools programme

ISLAMABAD: The United States of America has awarded $4.6 million to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for the four-year Safer Schools Program in Pakistan. The program aims to ensure children affected by humanitarian crises have access to a quality education by making schools safe from all forms of disasters—natural or man-made.
Assistance provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will increase resilience in affected communities and build the capacity of children, teachers, and parents to prevent, reduce, and cope with challenging situations that impact children’s education. With USAID funding, UNICEF will manage educational services for 53,000 children displaced from North Waziristan. Over 10,000 children, nearly half of whom are girls, have already been identified and enrolled in Temporary Learning Centres and established host communities. Approximately 100 teachers have been trained in psychosocial support, health and hygiene promotion, and techniques for teaching in challenging environments.
“It is important that the educational and social well-being of the innocent children belonging to temporarily displaced families not have their education impacted by this misfortune,” Pakistan’s USAID Mission Director, Gregory Gottlieb said. “Whether these children reside in camps established for the internally displaced population or with communities hosting them, a secure learning environment for a sustainable, quality education is imperative to not just the children but also their communities.”
“We are grateful to USAID for the provision of these funds as they ensure restoring educational services for children of the affected families,” said Angela Kearney, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan. “With these funds, we are currently providing quality education to these children, many of which have never been to school before. It is imperative that their education continues without any disruption when they return to their native areas.”
This program is part of a comprehensive education strategy that United States is implementing in partnership with the government of Pakistan. Other education related activities under this partnership include building or renovating 989 schools serving over 300,000 students, training over 7,000 new teachers, providing more than 1,595 scholarships to aspiring Pakistani teachers, 70 percent of which is committed to women. Since 2005, the United States has also awarded over 3,000 scholarships through the Fulbright and Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Programs.
Counter terrorism: Civil Defence training starts in Girls Colleges. RAWALPINDI, Jan 15 (Online): On the directions of Punjab Government, 2 days civil defence training has started in girls colleges in Rawalpindi. Training would impart by civil defence instructors to some of the students and teachers from 50 colleges to cope and take necessary measures in case of any untoward incident. After two days of training an exam will be taken and certificates would be awarded to the passing candidates. The passed candidates than would impart training to other students and teachers of their respective colleges.
Meanwhile, Punjab Minister for Labour and Manpower and head of Monitoring Committee, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, inspected 10 public and private institutions located in Rawalpindi city and cantonment areas on Thursday. The provincial minister inspected necessary security arrangements as indicated in the Standing Operative Procedures SOP’s forwarded to the heads of public and private educational institutions regarding adopting precautionary measures to avert any untoward situation after Army Public School Peshawar incident.

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Worldwide Travel Caution JANUARY 2015

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated October 10, 2014.

The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. On September 22, 2014, the United States and regional partners commenced military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated terrorist organization in Syria and Iraq. In response to the airstrikes, ISIL called on supporters to attack foreigners wherever they are. Authorities believe there is an increased likelihood of reprisal attacks against U.S., Western and coalition partner interests throughout the world, especially in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Kidnappings and hostage events involving U.S. citizens have become increasingly prevalent as ISIL, al Qa`ida and its affiliates have increased attempts to finance their operations through kidnapping for ransom operations. ISIL, al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are particularly effective with kidnapping for ransom and are using ransom money to fund the range of their activities. Kidnapping targets are usually Western citizens from governments or third parties that have established a pattern of paying ransoms for the release of individuals in custody.

Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays.

U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Extremists have targeted and attempted attacks on subway and rail systems, aviation, and maritime services. In the past, these types of attacks have occurred in cities such as Moscow, London, Madrid, Glasgow, and New York City.

EUROPE: Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. and Western interests in Europe. Authorities believe the likelihood of a terror attack in Europe is increased as European members of ISIL return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat in Europe from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.  In the past several years, organized extremist attacks have been planned or carried out in various European countries. European governments have taken action to guard against terrorist attacks, and some have made official declarations regarding heightened threat conditions.

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MIDDLE EAST and NORTH AFRICA: Credible information indicates terrorist groups also seek to continue attacks against U.S. interests in the Middle East and North Africa. The U.S. government remains highly concerned about possible attacks against U.S. citizens, facilities, businesses, and perceived U.S. and Western interests.

No part of Syria should be considered immune from violence.  The security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable as a civil war between government and armed anti-government groups continues throughout the country.  There is an increased threat of terrorism from groups such as ISL, al-Nusrah, as well as other extremists whose tactics include use of suicide bombers, kidnappings, use of small and heavy arms, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Since the start of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in March 2011, the United States has received reports of numerous foreigners kidnapped in Syria, many of whom are still in captivity.  The majority of the victims are journalists and aid workers. U.S. citizens and other Westerners have been murdered by ISIL in Syria. Violent extremists from various countries operate in Syria and may be planning attacks against the United States and other Western targets.

A number of extremist groups also operate in Lebanon and the potential for death or injury in Lebanon exists because of periodic terrorist bombing attacks throughout the country. As a result of spillover violence from the Syria crisis, Sunni groups are active and Hizballah, a group designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization, has been present and active for many years.

U.S. citizens in Iraq remain at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence. Numerous insurgent groups, including ISIL, previously known as al-Qa’ida in Iraq, remain active and terrorist activity and violence persists in many areas of the country. ISIL and its allies control Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and have captured significant territory across central Iraq and continue to engage with Iraqi security forces in that region.

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and al-Murabitun remain active and operate in southern Algeria and southwestern Libya in the wake of French and African intervention in northern Mali. In September, a French tourist was kidnapped and murdered by an Algerian-based terrorist group. Terrorists have targeted oil processing plants in Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. In Libya, various groups have called for attacks against U.S. citizens and U.S. interests. Terrorist organizations continue to be active in Yemen, including al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

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AFRICA: Vestiges of extremist elements, including AQIM, MUJAO, and al-Murabitun continue small scale operations in northern Mali mostly related to planting land mines on lines of communication used by UN peacekeeping troops. Terrorist groups have stepped up their rhetoric calling for additional attacks or kidnapping attempts on westerners and others, particularly those linked to support for international military intervention.

Additionally, the terrorist group AQIM has declared its intention to attack Western targets throughout the Sahel (an area that stretches across the African continent between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea to include Senegal, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, and Eritrea). It has claimed responsibility for kidnappings, attempted kidnappings, and the murder of several Westerners throughout the region.

Al-Shabaab assassinations, suicide bombings, hostage taking, and indiscriminate attacks in civilian-populated areas are frequent in Somalia. Terrorist operatives and armed groups in Somalia have demonstrated their intent to attack Somali authorities, the African Union Mission in Somalia, and non-military targets such as international donor offices and humanitarian assistance providers. Al-Shabaab retains its demonstrated capability to carry out attacks in government-controlled territory in Somalia and in neighboring countries such as Kenya and Djibouti.

Boko Haram, an extremist group based in northeast Nigeria, has claimed responsibility for many attacks, mainly in northern Nigeria. The first months of 2014 have seen a continued increase in Boko Haram attacks and clashes with Nigerian government security forces in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram has also targeted women and children for kidnapping, reportedly kidnapping women in northern states for marriage as “slave brides,” and kidnapping more than 200 school girls from a private school in Borno state. Boko Haram is known to descend on whole towns, robbing banks and businesses, attacking police and military installations, and setting fire to private homes. U.S. citizen missionaries in northern Nigeria have received specific written threats to their safety and well-being, although none have yet been harmed.

U.S. citizens considering travel by sea near the Horn of Africa, the Gulf of Guinea, or in the southern Red Sea should exercise extreme caution, as there have been armed attacks, robberies, and kidnappings for ransom by pirates. The threat of hijacking to merchant vessels continues to exist in Somali territorial waters and as far as 1,000 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia, Yemen, and Kenya in international waters. There has also been a recent rise in piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea, including hijackings.

U.S. government maritime authorities advise mariners to avoid the port of Mogadishu and to remain at least 200 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. In addition, when transiting around the Horn of Africa, the Gulf of Guinea, or in the Red Sea, it is strongly recommended that vessels travel in convoys and maintain good communications at all times. U.S. citizens traveling on commercial passenger vessels should consult with the shipping or cruise ship company regarding precautions that will be taken to avoid hijacking incidents. Commercial vessels should review the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration’s Horn of Africa Piracy page for information on maritime advisories, self-protection measures, and naval forces in the region.

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SOUTH ASIA: The U.S. government continues to receive information that terrorist groups in South Asia may also be planning attacks in the region, possibly against U.S. government facilities, U.S. citizens, or U.S. interests. The presence of al-Qa’ida, Taliban elements, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, indigenous sectarian groups, and other terror organizations, many of which are on the U.S. government’s list of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens in the region. Terrorists and their sympathizers have demonstrated their willingness and ability to attack locations where U.S. citizens or Westerners are known to congregate or visit.

The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan. Across the country, terrorist attacks frequently occur against civilian, government, and foreign targets. Attacks have included armed assaults on heavily guarded sites, including Pakistani military installations and airports. The Government of Pakistan maintains heightened security measures, particularly in the major cities. Terrorists and criminal groups regularly resort to kidnapping for ransom.

No province in Afghanistan should be considered immune from violence and crime, and the strong possibility exists throughout the country for hostile acts, either targeted or random, against U.S. and other foreign nationals at any time. Elements of the former Taliban regime and members of other terrorist organizations hostile to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and foreign nationals remain active in every province of the country.  Furthermore, travel to all areas of Afghanistan remains unsafe due to ongoing military combat operations, landmines, banditry, armed rivalry between political and tribal groups, and the possibility of insurgent attacks, including attacks using vehicle-borne or other improvised explosive devices. U.S. citizens are increasingly targeted for kidnapping. The threat situation in Afghanistan is still considered critical and is expected to remain so through the current political and military transition.

India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect U.S. citizens directly or indirectly. Anti-Western terrorist groups active in India include Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba. Past attacks have targeted public places, including some frequented by Westerners, such as luxury and other hotels, trains, train stations, markets, cinemas, mosques, and restaurants in large urban areas. Attacks have taken place during the busy evening hours in markets and other crowded places, but could occur at any time.

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CENTRAL ASIA: Supporters of terrorist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, al-Qa’ida, the Islamic Jihad Union, and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement remain active in Central Asia. These groups have expressed anti-U.S. sentiments and may attempt to target U.S. government interests.

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EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC: Information from credible sources suggests that there is a continued risk of armed terrorist and criminal groups operating and planning attacks against foreigners, including U.S. citizens, in the East Asian and Pacific region.

There is a risk of travel to the southern Philippines, specifically related to kidnapping threats in the Sulu Archipelago and the ongoing threat of violence on the island of Mindanao, particularly in Central Mindanao.

Over the past year there have been several kidnappings-for-ransom targeting foreigners in the Eastern Sabah province of Malaysia and in the southern Sulu Sea area by terrorist or insurgent groups based in the Sulu Archipelago of the Philippines. In addition to incursions on the coastal and island resorts themselves, criminal or terrorist bands may attempt to intercept boats ferrying tourists in the area.

Indonesian security forces have disrupted a number of terrorist cells, including Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a terrorist organization that carried out several significant bombings in Jakarta and Bali over the past decade. Although Indonesian counterterrorism efforts have been successful in preventing terrorists from conducting large-scale attacks in recent years, extremists in Indonesia may demonstrate a willingness and ability to carry out small-scale violent attacks with little or no warning.

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Before You Go

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens living overseas or planning to travel abroad to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  When you enroll in STEP, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  Enrolling will also make it easier for the Embassy to contact you in the event of an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date; it is particularly important when you enroll or update your information to include a current phone number and e-mail address.

U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.  For additional information, please refer to Traveler’s Checklist.

U.S. government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert.  These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture.  In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

As the Department of State continues to develop information on potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its Consular Information Program documents, including Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Country Specific Information, and Emergency and Security Messages, all of which are available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at http://travel.state.gov.  Stay up to date by bookmarking ourwebsite or downloading our free Smart Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.

In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).

BULLET RESISTANT SCHOOL PRODUCTS ARE ONLY A FUNDRAISER AWAY!

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BULLET RESISTANT SCHOOL PRODUCTS FROM ROK MOBILE AND SAFER SCHOOLS ARE ONLY A FUNDRAISER AWAY!
Paramount, CA January 15th, 2015 …. As school shootings soar to record highs and school budgets being the biggest hurdle to providing better school security safety products; ROK Mobile and Safer Schools For America have brought to the forefront a simple and quick way to protect our schools with Bullet Resistant cutting edge technology.
John Paul Dejoria, ROK Mobile Founder and Philanthropist, is on a mission to have parents, community, school officials and PTA Boards join forces to fundraise the money needed to pay for bullet resistant school security that will protect our children and teachers from school violence.

The appreciation was clear when the roars of applause from the students of Valley Vista High School drowned out speaker ROK Mobile CEO, Jonathan Kendrick, when he announced the installation of the Safer Schools For America Instant Remote Door Lock System.

Principal Kari Clitherow and Pat Stelhorn, Director of Maintenance for Huntington Beach Union High School District felt equally overjoyed.

“I think it helps to put the teachers in charge of their room and give them a sense of security,” she said.

The calls received from parents that viewed the TV media coverage were ones of support, gratitude and peace of mind. It was clear that they were more than willing to play a role in helping to fund the security needed to safeguard their child’s school.
BANKS * POLICE STATIONS * COURTS * AIRLINES use Security Camera’s and Guards but added Bullet Resistant Protection to better protect their customer and employees…..WHY HAVEN’T SCHOOLS
The perception of school officials and media is that $1000 for a bullet resistant lock down system, which has no recurring fee, for a classroom is expensive
LET’S COMPARE and ask yourself – What Makes More Sense?
Elementary School with 25 classrooms:

SSFA School Protection System Cost=      $25K (includes lock and shield)
Cost to hire a full time Security Officer=          $50-75K
Security Camera System=                               $100K (+$1000 monthly maintenance charge)

NO MORE EXCUSES! We are offering two fundraisers:
ROK Mobile Fund Raiser
ROK Mobile is offering $24/yr. for every new activation and will donate this money to the PTA which is paid on a monthly basis until all security needs are met. SSFA will match these funds with their security products.
Safer Schools For America Fund Raiser
SSFA is offering a variety of T-Shirts that promote the protection of kids and teachers at school. All proceeds go directly toward supplying the Bullet Resistant School Protection System.
ACT NOW!
SCHOOL PROTECTION SYSTEM CAN BE IN PLACE IN 30 DAYS!
For further information please visit www.rokmobile.com  orwww.saferschoolsforamerica.com. or Call Sage Dyer  562-531-1964

Valley Vista High School Has a New Door in Store

By STEPHANIE FRUSTACI

JANUARY 15, 2014

RyPul Threat AssessmentsOn Tuesday, January 13th there was a lot of commotion taking place at Valley Vista High School in Fountain Valley, California. The cause for excitement was a new bulletproof door being installed in all of the classrooms. This door has been featured on the local news before and is making headway thanks to Safer Schools for America. This organization’s mission is to protect both public and private schools from shootings. With a high-tech door lock activated by a key card designed by TownSteel and multiple types of bulletproof door shields including an inconspicuous whiteboard, classrooms can be protected from a possible active shooter incident.

These bulletproof doors have been endorsed by John Paul DeJoria who is well-known co-founding John Paul Mitchell Systems hair care products and ROK Mobile. ROK Mobile was represented at the event on Tuesday because DeJoria’s company supports Safer Schools for America. In fact, $2.00 from every subscription to this phone company results in a donation to the PTA’s of schools in need of these bullet resistant doors. Although DeJoria could not attend the event at Valley Vista, a recording of his support and enthusiasm for the project was presented. His partner, Jonathan Kendrick, was there to deliver a speech on his behalf and to show how ROK Mobile is joining the fight to save students’ and teachers’ lives.

There is no doubt that these doors can withstand rounds of bullets being fired at them. Just ask threat assessment expert for Safer Schools for America, Warren Pulley. His own personal security consulting company RyPul Threat Assessments has endorsed these doors as well. With plenty of years of experience, Pulley has been a member of the United States Air Force, the Los Angeles Police Department, and currently provides security protection for United States diplomats working in the Middle East. If you need proof to see that these doors are effective go to saferschoolsforamerica.com for more information and to see a video of a door being tested by Warren Pulley. Having a threat expert like Pulley has allowed Safer Schools for America to truly expand its goal to install these protective doors in schools all across the country. Parents will have more peace of mind sending their kids to a place where there is security. Valley Vista High School has made history and hopefully other schools will follow suit very soon.
Stephanie Frustaci is a freelance writer and can be found at Linkedin.com @ Stephanie-Frustaci

Anyone Else Have Lumps in Their Throats Over Valley Vista High’s New Bulletproof Entries?

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I distinctly recall at age 11 or so having a Little League baseball game canceled due to smog, “Geez, adults, how did you let this happen?” I thought to myself. “They even sing in the TV commercials, ‘Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.’ This is the national pastime, childhood innocence and my flippin’ lungs you’re messing with.”

OK, so I was a strange kid (hold your applause), but I wonder how many students felt the same way as Valley Vista Continuation High School in Fountain Valley was donated a bulletproof school entry system this week.

Edison High School in Huntington Beach is also scheduled to receive such a system, which includes the $499 door lock shown here that can be operated remotely by somebody inside if an intruder is threatening people on campus:
The systems are being gifted by Safer Schools for America, a Paramount-based company that supplies hardware and ballistic protection to correctional facilities, courthouses and other government institutions, and John Paul Dijoria, the founder of the John Paul Mitchell hair-care line. (For these donations, Dijoria is working through his latest venture, Rok Mobile, “the first wireless provider in the country to offer mobile & music under one roof – for one low price.”)
Perhaps some if not all who attended this week’s donation ceremony in Fountain Valley had lumps in their throats as they realized the sickening school shootings across the country have brought us to such a low point, where we need bulletproof locks, doors and windows at what should be sanctuaries for youth.
Or maybe that’s just a feeling among old farts whose worst fears as children involved the denial of triple-treats at the snack bar because dark plumes from Kaiser Steel nixed a ball game.
Valley Vista Principal Kerry Clitheroe welcomed the gifts, telling KCBS2, “This could happen … at any school.”
Breathe in …

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Bullet resistant doors and locks installed at a Huntington Beach high school

The fortified doors and thick bulletproof glass that protect bankers and airline pilots from armed assailants are moving into Southern California schools.

The Paramount-based security company Safer Schools For America once specialized in bullet-resistant doors and windows for banks and court houses. But the group of ballistics experts turned their attention to schools about two years ago, right after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

“We’re alarmed at the rampant amount of shootings that have been taking place,” said co-founder Ron Triebels.

Two summers ago, on June 7, a gunman went on a shooting spree through the streets of Santa Monica that eventually ended on the Santa Monica College. Five people were killed. Police shot and killed the suspect, 23-year old John Zawahri, on the campus.

RELATED: A look back at the Santa Monica shooting with victim Debra Fine

The bullet-resistant door and lock system the company designed is pretty simple. A layer of thick bullet-resistant film, which doubles as a white-erase board, is bolted to the middle of a normal wood classroom door.

The technology upgrades come with a bullet resistant lock attached to the door that is controlled with a remote assigned to a classroom teacher. The teacher can lock the door with the remote as far as 75 feet away from the room.

An LED light signals that the door is locked but will still be open from the inside in case another student, teacher or staff is seeking safety.

“What school officials have to do is adopt what the banks are doing, what the police stations are doing,” Triebels said. “Why aren’t we doing that for our kids? Why aren’t we protecting the teachers?”

Triebels said school districts struggle with finding funding to pay for enhanced security systems.

“It’s a lot of money,” said Pat Stellhorn, head of maintenance for the Huntington Beach Union High School District. He said the new doors and locks should be installed within two months.

On Tuesday, Valley Vista High School got more than two-dozen bullet resistant door-and-lock security systems thanks to a $25,000 donation from the new wireless company ROK Mobile.

The high school was chosen for the donation because the company owners at Safer Schools For America wanted to start somewhere local — in Orange County. The school is an alternative high school with an on-site day care center for students with children.

Patty Bahena, 17, is a senior at Valley Vista High School. She thinks the school is in a safe neighborhood and doesn’t worry much about a shooter.

“I worry more about the day care than here because my baby is in there,” she said. “The (babies) can’t do anything. They don’t know anything.”

Valley Vista High School principal Kerry Clitheroe said she appreciates the security system donation especially because it doesn’t make the school look militaristic.

“To learn, you have to feel secure and relaxed” she said.

ROK Mobile plans to donate security systems to three more schools, said co-founder Jonathan Kendrick.

The new wireless company has partnered with the Safer Schools For America security company to come up with a fundraising program that school PTAs can use to raise money to install security systems at their schools.

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Valley Vista High School promised $50,000 for remote locking system

Students, teachers and staff at Valley Vista High School will be better equipped to survive a shooting on campus with a $50,000 donation from the chairman of ROK Mobile announced Tuesday.

The donation from John Paul DeJoria will fund remotely controlled locks on classroom and office doors that can lockdown a room with the push of a button from as far as 75 feet away. DeJoria and ROK Mobile have partnered with Safer Schools for America to improved safety in light of school shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

“We’re here to fight the fight against school shootings,” said Ron Triebels, CEO of Safer Schools for America.

Pat Stellhorn, director of maintenance, operations and transportation for the Huntington Beach Union High School District, said he was approached by Triebels about a year ago. Initially district officials said they weren’t interested in working with Safer Schools for America to update school security but changed their minds when they heard from students and teachers who wanted to feel safer on campus.

Kerry Clitheroe is principal of Valley Vista High, a continuation high school with more than 300 students who are juniors or seniors. As a former teacher, Clitheroe liked the idea of being able to lock door with the push of a button from anywhere in the classroom.

“I think it helps to put the teachers in charge of their room and give them a sense of security,” she said.

Sean Karol, a Valley Vista High senior from Huntington Beach, said school shootings can happen at anytime and anywhere and looks forward to his school having an extra layer of security.

“I’m glad that there’s other people who see the problem and know that something has to be done,” he said.

The new locks will be installed in 30 to 45 days, Stellhorn said.

Safer Schools for America also wants to provide Valley Vista High with bullet-resistant shields made of durable fiberglass that can be affixed to doors. When tested, the shields were not penetrated by 9 mm, .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and 12-gauge pellets and slugs, Triebels said.

John R. Peterson Elementary in Huntington Beach is already set to get these shields, but funding is needed to install them at Valley Vista High.

Contact the writer: 714-796-7831 or dlanghorne@ocregister.com

SAFER SCHOOLS FOR AMERICA AND ROK MOBILE TO DONATE BALLISTIC PROTECTION SYSTEM TO LOCAL CALIFORNIA SCHOOL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ROK MOBILE in conjunction with Safer Schools for America will be Installing the Classroom Protection Instant Remote Lock System at VALLEY VISTA HIGH SCHOOL, FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA.

Los Angeles, CA, January 12, 2015—John Paul DeJoria, well-known for John Paul Mitchell Hair Care, Patron Tequila, and the recently-launched ROK Mobile, together with Safer Schools for America (SSFA), announced today that they will be installing the Instant Remote Lockdown Protection System at Valley Vista High School in Huntington Beach, California on January 13, 2015.

With the number of School Shootings continuing to rise at an alarming rate, ROK MOBILE who is introducing the latest cutting edge cell phone program will be working with PTA’s on a nationwide fund raiser program that will contribute $24/yr per activation to School Districts for discretionary needs such as School Security etc. Meanwhile, Safer Schools For America will match dollar for dollar all funds procured in Certified Bullet Resistant Security Products.

FACTS: There have been 100 School Shootings since Sandy Hook in December of 2012. -The latest School Shootings: Marysville High School in Washington Five students were killed and just a few days ago the shooting at Florida State University where three students were wounded.

Our goal is to make the American people aware through nationwide Media campaigns, that a bullet resistant system is available and affordable. Parents have the right to know that a system is available now, and it would help safe guard their children at school. We may not be able to prevent the violence from occurring, but we can reduce the risk and protect our children and teachers from being hurt. Protecting them in the same way the airlines protect their pilots; by placing them behind bullet resistant doors. School Police Security nationwide support our School Protection System as it hardens the target preventing a shooter from blasting through a classroom door.

We applaud John Paul and the ROK Mobile Team for creating a Fund Raiser Program that would contribute Millions of Dollars to School Districts through the hard work of our local PTA’s.

For further information please visit http://www.rokmobile.com or http://www.saferschoolsforamerica.com. or Call 562-531-1964

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ATTENTION SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS

Safer Schools for America

ATTENTION SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS
It is hard for any of us to accept the fact that School Shootings have gone rampant and are now a daily occurrence.

Dec 7, 2014 As It Happens:
100 School Shootings since Sandy Hook

Yet there are those who still refuse to believe that a shooting can happen at their school.

Safer Schools for AmericaLaw enforcement officials predict that school incidences will double in 2015 which is more than 200 in One Year! School Security Officials need to understand that Security Camera’s and Extra On Campus Guards will not stop a BULLET and Gun Control efforts will not affect the weapons that are on the black market TODAY!

“Extra layers of protection are never a bad idea. Every school in America should install the SSFA Insta Remote Lock and Bullet Resistant Door Shield to harden the target, turning your classroom into a Safe room” …..Sgt. James Ream, LAUSD Police Officer

Safer Schools for America

School Districts need to adopt what Banks * Police Stations * Courts * Airlines * Government Facilities have done by hardening the target using bullet proof products to protect their customers and employees.

Installing the SSFA Bullet Resistant Door Shield prevents a violator from shooting down a normal classroom door. The Insta Remote Lock enables the teacher to lock the classroom door from 75 feet away! This combination Hardens the Target and turns a classroom into a safer environment. Installs in less than 30 minutes per classroom Can be installed after school hours and is a Low Cost ONE Time Expense vs Monthly maintenance of Camera Systems or Salaries for Security guards.

Safer Schools for America

Parents used to view schools as a safe haven; they were content knowing their children were safe at school. It is supposed to be a place of learning, sharing and fun times. So much has changed when our educators have to take their attention off of teaching and worry about being trained to handle a weapon, take down an assailant and learn escape routes. Parents fear for their children’s lives every day they drop them off; wondering will today be our school?

Safer Schools for America

Violence has evolved. It goes after the easy target. Safer Schools For America refuses to allow our educators and students to be that target. We are committed to supporting our School Districts so they can put their focus back on their core responsibility; Educating our future.

SSFA School Protection System Seen on LOCAL and NATIONAL TELEVISION NEWS STATIONS

Safer Schools for America

Through National TV Media, Social Media and Print, Safer Schools For America is bringing to the awareness of the American people and sending a message to the offenders that a School and Classroom Protection System is now available and will be installed systematically across the nation making our schools a harder target and giving parents and teachers peace of mind. Attackers will know that schools will no longer be victims and will look elsewhere to cause their damage. LEARN MORE and see our SPS system in action GO TO: http://www.saferschoolsforamerica.com.

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