School Hammer Attack
A 9-year old student was on the playground when parent volunteer lured her into a restroom in the school and assaulted her with a hammer. A security guard and a teacher walked in on the attack and was able to put a stop to it. The girl was taken to a nearby children’s hospital. The attacker has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
While there has been a lot of attention paid to Active Shooters in schools, schools should also be prepared for assaults using a variety of weapons. Claw hammers can make fearsome weapons, are easily concealed, and are readily available.
In the book Staying Alive: How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters, a couple named Abe and Erin are featured. They survived an assault in their home by a man wielding a hammer and a hatchet. Abe successfully fought off the attacker while being grievously wounded. His actions saved the lives of five people, including his own.
Schools should not focus on a single aspect of school emergency response, but on techniques and procedures that can be used in multiple types of incidents. Research shows it is best to use scenario-based training to build a base of knowledge from which to operate. Using different types of scenarios will build a broader base of knowledge.
The link below is the story of Abe and Erin’s ordeal.