School lockdown? No. When the shit hits the fan, run for it.

Dear Bursar,

Thank you for your reply.  It seems that ‘someone’ has decided that a lockdown is required as a policy, and then you have tried to imagine scenarios which would make such a response necessary.

While a fire drill seems eminently advisable, with the emphasis on escape, the other scenarios you mention would not suggest a lockdown as the correct response at all, but an evacuation.
A lockdown would waste time as the threat such as toxic gas approaches and, it exacerbates and extends the period of risk.
It seems that what you are asking for is permission to lockdown the school, and then handing over all responsibility for all the people in the school to the Emergency Services.
This seems most inappropriate to the risks you list out, and in practice is unworkable.
The school must take responsibility if there is an intruder, or a civil disturbance, and try to get the children and staff away from the threat, not lock them down in situ, and wait for government bureaucracies to tell you what to do.
If there is air pollution coming towards the school, it seems especially ill-advised to keep the children and staff there, and not to get them away.
Those who survive school shootings do so as they get away, and not sit in classrooms while an intruder or intruders combs through a well populated target-rich area.
Equally if there is a major fire nearby, the best course of action would be to evacuate the school
and get everyone out of the way.
As for a dangerous dog, I think you’re really struggling to find a situation where a lockdown would be the correct response.
It is quite clear from your letter that you are suggesting the school hands over all responsibility for all the perceived threats to the Emergency Services.
This is legally an abdication of responsibility and shows that the school has not thought through what it must do.
You should list out threats where you should evacuate the school and explain how this would be done, not force people to sit it out in a high threat environment.
Locking down seems a most inappropriate response, and likely to make matters worse in every case.
That is in addition to the legal concerns.  Have you checked out the legality of a lockdown of the school?
Which government department is pushing you to comply with a lockdown strategy?
If the school is really doing all this alone, then why is there no common sense being applied, and there is only one solution to all threats, regardless of appropriateness?
Here is your list.
A reported incident / civil disturbance in the local community (with the potential to pose a
risk to pupils, staff and visitors in the school)
– An intruder or intruders on the school site (with the potential to pose a risk to pupils, staff
and visitors)
– A warning being received of a risk locally of air pollution (smoke plume, gas cloud etc.)
– A major fire in the vicinity of the school where evacuation from other areas may cause
– The close proximity of a dangerous dog roaming loose.
– A crisis situation in Shrewsbury having the potential to affect the school.
– On the advice of the emergency services.
I am not happy to have my children locked down while they are facing threats from which they need to escape.
I would take the analogy of the escape from fire, and develop it.
If a gunmen or gunmen are approaching with evil intent, do not head for your classroom, or stay there, but run.
People will do this anyway, and all attempts to lockdown will soon be made impossible as survival instincts take over.
It would be better to direct the impulse to escape and provide avenues, than needlessly create a nice target of sitting ducks.
I think you need to get back to the drawing board.
Yours sincerely,
Henry Curteis

11 Responses to “School lockdown? No. When the shit hits the fan, run for it.”

  1. Tapestry says:

    It more or less says we lockdown when we are told to by the Police. It’s the Police State – they want to remove children from parental care, and they’re using the schools to achieve this. When they tell your child to lock down they mean lockdown from you. The schools will lockdown when the Police say and only unlock when the Police say. Parents are history. Your child belongs to the state. They need a big sign, saying when a gunman approaches the school, go and line up in your classroom and wait. Or a cloud of poisonous gas. Etc etc. It’s total nonsense from the health and safety point of view, just badly scripted bureaucratic tosh from someone who has no idea what to write to justify locking up the nation’s children. The pedophiles and abusers are rubbing their hands.

    • pete fairhurst 2 says:

      Yes Tap I agree completely, these are the actions of a Police State. Not that the mass of zombies will realise that

      Your points to your child’s school are just practical common sense. They are irrefutable and cannot be brushed aside without a logical answer. All power to you with your child’s school, good luck with it

      I’m already on the case with my grandkids state primary and secondary. My daughter is a governor at the primary, so I’ve started via her

  2. pete fairhurst 2 says:

    The teachers who are preparing to implement what seems a central government policy obviously cannot think for themselves. The points that you make are sound common sense, it’s not complicated, just takes a bit of thought

    The teachers implementing this appear to be unthinking automatons. Can’t they see what you say for themselves?

    The current levels of stupidity in grown adults makes you despair. I suppose it is due to decades of inadequate teaching and media brainwashing. Nobody is taught to think for themselves now, nanny state knows best. Which shows just how important it is for parents to teach their kids to think, because nobody else will

  3. ian says:

    People should look no further than Gaza. If all the Great reset goes through, we will all be Palestinians. We will be livestock, or for many, slaughtered.

    • pete fairhurst 2 says:

      Yes Ian I agree

      I am ever the optimist though. I think that the G R will fail. See my recent post from Alex Krainer about CBDC’s

      They are getting desperate and more lunatic as a result of their failures, rather than their successes. People will vote with their feet and 70 million folk cannot be held in our islands like in Gaza. We’ve got far too much space available to us for that to happen

      These madmen ain’t going to kill the goose that lays their golden eggs either, I mean us the people. I don’t think that they want to destroy our society, rather they want to control it even more than they already do

      • ian says:

        Hi Pete, I hope you’re correct mate. I’ll even settle for half way. As long as I can get beer on CBDC, lol.

        • pete fairhurst 2 says:


          Here’s the rub Ian, halfway is no use for the lunatics. So, no beers on the CBDC’s, only champers for the elites, IF they get them through!

          If that happens then, their corks will certainly be popping. But we will all be drowning our sorrows, at least the one’s who realise what the implications are will be

  4. Tapestry says:

    Pleased to hear you’re active Pete. More people join us please. Get onto your schools and demand they don’t lockdown children on the command of the Police, and if there’s a threat, run away. Don’t sit and wait.

  5. danceaway says:

    Keep on hammering away at your children’s schools, Tap, or seriously consider taking them out. There is much support for home education parents/communities.

  6. Tapestry says:

    Indeed Danceaway. Some of our friends choose the home educating path, but ours have so many friends at school and see the hopelessness in some areas like sport matched with excellence in others like music and academics. It is so frustrating to see the rollover to every government diktat even lying and saying the lockdown is entirely the creation of the school, and refusing to say which government department has issued the edict to hold lockdowns.