Today’s schools are becoming some of the most unsafe places in America, thanks to cell phones and their potential to allow a terrorist attack. Terrorists understand that a successful attack is based upon some rudimentary elements and capabilities. First and foremost is the availability of suitable weapons, then there is the element of surprise, and finally a reliable means of communicating with each other before, during and after the attack. Although training is often a critical element in a terrorist attack – it is not a prerequisite for success, since today’s weaponry and assault rifles require very little skill or practice to operate.
Past terrorist attacks in America were often from lone wolves, who can dispense with some of these requirements based upon their ability to show up unannounced with ample weaponry and no real interest in surviving the attack. In effect, they are suicide terrorists. However, to plan and organize a large scale attack like 9/11 or the Boston Marathon bombing terrorists need weapons and the ability to communicate with each other.
Most of today’s school shootings have been committed by lone wolves, whether they be a student or someone with an ax to grind against the school. However, with the recent U.S. killings of several high-value targets in the Mideast, terrorist revenge is something to be concerned about. Terrorists recognize that today’s schools are a prime target for a mass attack where hundreds of deaths and injuries can be inflicted in a short period.
Terrorists Solicit Student Cooperation
The problem terrorists would have is coordinating a successful entry into the school building since many have “lock-down” procedures in place which alert faculty and students of impending danger. Also, school doors are kept locked and entry is monitored by school personnel and security. The way around this barrier is for a terrorist to solicit the cooperation of a student with a cell phone, who would open secure doors from the inside to allow terrorist entry and then participate in the attack on the school population.
Many High School Students Mentally Disturbed
So many high school students today are anti-American and have no qualms about siding with terrorists. They daily demonstrate their hatred of America by not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance each morning. Also, there is now an abundance of mentally disturbed students in the general school population who in years past would have been institutionalized. They suffer from a variety of mental disorders and are prone to violence and disruptive behavior. For these misfit and outcast students, working with avowed terrorists is a chance to be recognized, gain notoriety and lash out against what they believe is a restrictive system and oppressive society.
As for those students who are not mentally ill or terrorist sympathizers, they can easily be manipulated with promises of drugs, alcohol or money. A very high percentage of today’s high school students are abusing drugs and alcohol, making them highly susceptible to terrorist recruitment, especially if money is added into the mix. A smart terrorist would have very little trouble finding students willing to open a few doors for them to allow school entry. Some terrorists are crafty enough to disguise their real intent for entering a school building; telling a student they want to meet someone or watch a performance/sports event being held at the school gym but are having “difficulties” getting in. The unwitting student would eagerly comply with terrorist demands if given drugs, alcohol or money as an enticement for cooperation. American students are as dumb as the come.
Terrorist School Assault Scenarios
An example of a school assault scenario would be for terrorists to recruit a high school student susceptible to their propaganda and bring him or her into their orbit of violence. Since most high schools allow students to bring cell phones into class and use them anywhere in the building, the recruited student would then be instructed by terrorists to open a side door when there is an assembly of all students, or when the students are in the cafeteria eating lunch. The student would then contact the terrorist via cell phone letting them know which door(s) has been opened or left ajar. The terrorists could then gain easy access to the building and bring in an assortment of lethal weapons unopposed and undetected by security, police or faculty. In extreme cases, the cooperating student would be provided an assault weapon and participate in the attack. This type of operation would happen in seconds and allow multiple terrorists access to crowded student areas, with no means for escape. Within minutes a terrorist could kill hundreds of students, faculty, and staff. Carnage would be inevitable.
Another quite likely scenario is the coordination between a terrorist and student where a terrorist has the student pull a “false” fire alarm, and the terrorist is waiting outside the building, ready to ambush the students as they exit. Typically, during a fire alarm, the “entire” building is emptied of students and when they exit they stand clustered in designated areas which are a proscribed distance from the building. This is where students are most vulnerable since reentry into the building is not possible once the doors are closed, and escape routes are limited. All students know the “fire-alarm drill.” Coordination between a student and terrorist would consist of the student informing the terrorist via cell phone of the assembly areas and when (in real-time) they are about the set off the false alarm. The student setting off the alarm would avoid being shot by exiting a door that is not being targeted by the terrorists or simply hiding in the building when all other students scramble out the doors to “safety.” Cover and concealment for the terrorists can be planned out in advance by scoping out the building and doors when school is not in session, so as not to set off any “warnings” to law enforcement.
Law Enforcement Ineffective
Terrorists are way ahead of law enforcement when it comes to the planning and implementation of their attacks. Law enforcement typically doesn’t have a clue that a terrorist attack is imminent and when an attack does occur they are too hesitant in taking appropriate action. A short delay of a few minutes can cost many lives. Also, most Police Officers lack the skill set and courage necessary to confront terrorists and terminate any ongoing attack. We have witnessed the cowardice of cops play out in several past terrorist attacks and the results have been devastating for targeted groups. Proactive methods for preventing and thwarting terrorist attacks are much more effective than relying on law enforcement.
Cell Phones Contributing To Delinquency in High School Students
American schools themselves are also missing the mark in keeping kids safe. Today’s school administrators demonstrate negligence in allowing students the ability to defeat security precautions by using cell phones to cooperate with potential assailants, intent on taking out young lives. School administrators and teachers will claim that cell phone use by students enhances their academic achievement and understanding of subject matter. Nothing could be further from the truth. Studies and on-site observations of high school student cell phone use indicate that 95% of their time is spent texting, listening to music, or playing games while in class, NOT doing anything remotely related to what is being taught. Consequently, American high school students rank far behind other countries in academics, based upon research by the Programme for International Student Assessment.
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in member and non-member nations intended to evaluate educational systems by measuring 15-year-old school pupils’ scholastic performance on mathematics, science, and reading. It was first performed in 2000 and then repeated every three years. Its aim is to provide comparable data with a view to enabling countries to improve their education policies and outcomes. It measures problem solving and cognition. The 2015 version of the test was published on 6 December 2016. The results of the 2018 data collection will be released on Tuesday 3 December 2019.
On average, American high school students ranked 31st in the world in math, science, and reading, with countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, and Estonia topping the list with scores of 1 thru 5 respectively; according to the PISA Worldwide Ranking.
Ban Cell Phones In Schools
Cell phones should be banned for every student in every school across America. Not only are they contributing to the delinquency of American students and academic failure, but they also pose a clear and present danger to student safety, and are extremely effective in facilitating a terrorist attack on vulnerable schools. Unfortunately, given today’s tolerant school atmosphere; it is only a matter of time before a tragic attack, enabled by student-terrorist cell phone communications, becomes a reality.COMMENTS