The first five articles in this series are:
(1) School Attacks: Actual Safety vs. Feeling Safe
(2) School Attacks 2: Basic Lessons
(3) School Attacks 3: Questions, Answers and Solutions
(4) School Attacks 4: Questions, Answers and Solutions II
(5) School Attacks 5: Questions, Answers and Solutions III
(6) School Attacks 6: Logic And Research
(7) School Attacks 7: the Worst-Case Scenario
When I originally wrote and posted this article in March of 2012, I had no idea the representative scenario I wrote would so closely follow the reality of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. However, my relative accuracy was not due to clairvoyance, nor was it mere chance. The known motivations of school shooters and the physical realities of school buildings and police response made it very likely my fictional scenario would parallel reality, and so it does.
THE WORST CASE SCENARIO:
Regardless of how one feels about the foreign policy of a given presidential administration, America has been embroiled in a war with terrorists since at least the Carter administration, and nearly 800 Americans were killed around the world by terrorists prior to 9-11. It was only 9-11 that made some realize that it might be wise to act as though we were fighting a war against those who not only had long since publicly declared war on us, but had for many years been killing Americans when and wherever possible. Benghazi was only the most recent manifestation of that long war. We also know that our terrorist enemies desperately want to carry out attacks in America and in American schools. Recently gathered intelligence suggests this and they have elsewhere used this tactic–old hat for them but new to us–for decades. It is equally sobering to realize that our own domestic brand of terrorist, juvenile or adult, always has been present, a fact now very much in the forefront of the awareness of the residents of Newtown, Connecticut.