We at the Institute for Complexity Management (ICM) are watching in amazement as our national leadership falls so short in meeting the challenge of stopping the rise in school shootings. 

We have just issued a report card on President Obama and the field of the five leading candidates for the Presidency of the United States.  The report card assigns each candidate a grade based on their intellectual and critical thinking skills in curbing the rise of shooting at schools.

We were shocked at the grades.  On average our leaders received a D- for their ability to coherently lay out any meaningful strategy for stopping the murder of our children at school.  This type of intellectual laziness and lack of critical thinking represents a national crisis.

For the past decade we have been a voice in the wilderness calling for fewer words and more real action to prevent school shootings.  But the sad fact of the matter is that we have been ignored in favor of doing more of the same things that we already know do not work to curb the rising violence at our schools.

Watching a great nation fall to its knees when it comes to the protection of our country’s most precious treasure—our children—is simply put, no longer acceptable.

Ten years ago we began our research on a totally new way to approach school safety because we knew that more of the same was not the solution to curbing school violence.  The system we developed is based on the most advanced technology of its kind.  It uses “big data” and what is called “predictive analytics” to look across all aspects of school safety. 

The technology is a game changer because it focuses on prevention rather than reaction, by simultaneously looking at all of the factors that increase the risk of schoolhouse safety incidents, including mass shootings, to prevent them before they happen.  We have tested our system and proven that it works.

But what happens when you bring a new game-changing idea to the table?  Our government leaders prefer the status quo and are unwilling to change to save the lives of our children at school.  The government spends millions of dollars to do more of the same things over and over again, while our children continue to die at school for no good reason.

When we wrote to Vice President Joe Biden immediately after the Sandy Hook massacre asking to show him how we already have the ability to protect our kids at school, all we received was a nice form letter thanking us for writing.  Not one word about even looking at a new way to save the lives of our children at school. We have had grant after grant request denied because we are not a part of a vested government system that is more interested in preserving the status quo than saving the lives of our children at school. 

This bizarre situation of doing the same things over and over again, when we already know that they do not work, must stop.  Our children are too important.  We cannot continue to treat the safety of our kids like a can that we are kicking down the road just waiting for the next tragedy to occur.  

We ask for the help of every American, no matter what your political persuasion is, to call the White House, your representatives in congress, and talk with everyone you know about the need to apply new proven scientific solutions to curb the rise of violence at America’s schools.  Stop kicking the can further down the road.  Take a minute or two and pick up the telephone.  It just might save the life of your own child or grandchild.

About the Author

John Hnatio is a doctor of education who began a program of intense research on how to make schools safer in the aftermath of the school massacre in Columbine.  He is the inventor of what is called “predictive analytics” where various forms of information are brought together for scientific analysis in order to project the possibility of adverse events in time to prevent them before they happen.  The technology is currently deployed and being successfully used across many sectors of the nation’s critical infrastructures from healthcare, food safety, business and financial management, and many others.

How You can support the cause

If you would like to learn more and receive a live demonstration of School and CampusTQ (with TQ standing for threat quotient) then please call Mr. Bruce Becker, President of the National School Safety Collaboratory (NSSC) at (540) 645-1050 for a webinar presentation, or you can write him at  If you would like to donate to the cause of school safety please visit our NSSC website.

ICM and the National School Safety Collaboratory (NSSC) is a non-profit charitable organization that provides their products and assistance to schools at little to no cost based on tax-deductible contributions from parents, citizens and businesses across the country.  

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