Sandy Hook Anniversary Sparks Emotional Reaction From Former Elementary School Principal

Principal Resigns After Shootings to Start Company to Protect Students & Teachers With Training Program & Security Systems in Classrooms

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2014) - Two years following the shootings at Sandy Hook, Jeff Green, a former elementary school principal, recalls the events at Sandy Hook which led him to resign his post at Starside Elementary in De Soto, Kan. and start SafeDefend. SafeDefend is a comprehensive approach, including a teacher training program and security system for classrooms. The training is directed by certified law enforcement trainers and is a non-lethal program that arms teachers with a wide range of items including gel pepper spray, batons and more.

Thinking back when Sandy Hook occurred, Green said, "As I was reviewing our school safety plan, Sandy Hook was better prepared than we were. It was the first time as a father and a principal I didn't feel I could keep my students and kids safe at school. We needed to make changes in our approach to safety in order to save lives."

Green elected to leave his job to pursue SafeDefend full time. He said, "I felt like we had a system that addressed critical areas missing from school safety approaches. I needed to figure out how we could get law enforcement informed and on site more quickly and how to survive until they get there. I needed to give my full attention to making that change to save lives."

SafeDefend is currently in Curé of Ars Catholic School in Leawood, Kan., the Louisburg Library in Louisburg, Kan. and Blue Ridge Christian School (BRCS) in Raytown, Mo.

Kathy Reynolds, headmaster at BRCS, has found the systems to be very useful. Reynolds said, "We are very fortunate to have such a valuable tool for protection in the event of a school emergency. It's a perfect situation for a teacher who is not violent to at least have a tool. Our teachers have tools and have been trained, thanks to SafeDefend."

The Personnel Protection System (PPS) is a non-lethal security system that alerts law enforcement and informs schools staff of the crisis when a fingerprint activated safe has been opened. The PPS was designed with FBI and law enforcement from local and national threat assessment experts, police chiefs and Sheriffs.

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