"An excellent piece of work! Well researched and well written. This will be a primary reference source
that can save lives and help to make our schools safer. Essential reading for educators, police, and anyone who cares about
our children and their safety!"
—Lt. Col. Dave
Grossman, USA (ret.), author of On Combat and On Killing
"Chief Glidden has given us a profound and
much needed analysis of school shootings complete with comprehensive and practical threat assessment and response strategies.
He unveils the truth behind both the myths and all-too-confusing psychology about these attackers in a way that is comprehensible
and easily applied. A must read for all of America’s law enforcement officers, teachers, school administrators and parents
to assist them in keeping our schools free from targeted violence."
—John Giduck, school terrorism expert and author of Terror at Beslan
"Chief Glidden writes
from the two best places: experience and heart. His teachings are practical and valuable."
—Gavin de Becker, bestselling author of The Gift of Fear
"Do not read this book
unless you are a first responder, parent, teacher, school administrator or are concerned about threats that your community
faces. If you are in one of the above groups — you absolutely, positively need to read this book — and then reread
it — and then share it with others who share your concerns. Chief Glidden has done an excellent job of identifying and
evaluating risks — and posing practical control measures to address these risks."
—Gordon Graham, Co-President, Lexipol
"Statistically, school shootings are very rare events. Probably
because of the innate horror of the situation – sociopath predators roaming hallways murdering our children
– they have received a great deal of publicity. Yet, for all that has been written about them, no one really knows why
school shootings happen. No one has devised a foolproof way to prevent them. Chief Ronald Glidden, in his book Stopping
the School Shooter, acknowledges as much. Still, he argues, there are things we can learn, things we can see, things
we can do. He proceeds with a straightforward, intellectually honest survey of what these things are. He discusses how they
should be applied to prevent school shootings, and how they might serve as a guide to action if we should find ourselves in
the midst of such an unthinkable situation. It’s a difficult book because it covers uncomfortable ground, but I believe
it should be mandatory reading for teachers, administrators and parents at every level in our educational system. We may not
stop the next school shooter. But, utilizing the information in Chief Glidden’s book, the chances are better that we
Gibson, author of Gone Boy.
Author’s Note: On December 14, 1992 Gregory Gibson’s son Galen was killed by
a school shooter at Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In the aftermath of the shooting, Mr. Gibson
wrote his excellent book Gone Boy which searches for the truth about what happened that day. His review of
Stopping The School Shooter, a book which includes the Simons Rock shooting incident, is greatly appreciated
by this author.