People are the Prize







Hard Lessons Learned from the Worst School Attacks

Course at a glance...

-- 1 Day or 2 Day Live Professional Development

-- 7 (1 day) or 14 (2 day) Credit Hours Awarded

-- Consisting of Instruction, Discussion, & Practical Application

-- 48 lessons learned that can be used to prepare your school

-- Participants receive PowerPoints & other staff development tools

-- Continued support from instructor in implementing lessons learned

-- Open only to active law enforcement & school personnel


Because of the nature of the materials, all participants must be approved to attend by The Shomette Group

Just because your school is a target, doesn't mean you have to be a victim...

Without Mercy is a fast paced, in-depth, 1 or 2-day professional development that studies 80 years of mass murders in our schools and pulls from these horrific events 48 hard lessons learned that you can use to prevent an attack, educate your staff, prepare your school, as well as increase your personal growth & enhance your professional worth.


Those who know these lessons become invaluable members of their community & profession!


Without Mercy helps you to prevent a future school attack by studying the details of past attacks, the indicators of danger that previous attackers gave off as they planned and prepared to commit mass murder, and what could have been done to stop them.


Through classroom instruction, discussion, and practical application, Without Mercy will give you…


-- Detailed breakdown of many of the worst school attacks in the world

-- What every school attacker has in common

-- Common danger signs that warn of an impending attack

-- Weapons, tactics, and intent—how they did it and why

-- Psychology, mindset, and aftermath of murder as well as why kids attack schools

-- Dispelling the myths that hold our schools back from preventing violence

-- First-hand accounts shared from high profile school attacks

-- The real reason kids attack schools and their efforts to fool you

-- The global response to school attacks & examples from other countries


And so much more...

What is included?

Each participant will receive 1 or 2 days of classroom instruction, a course certificate, 7 or 14 hours in-service credits, continued support, as well as the materials listed below!


Indicators of Danger (PowerPoint)

Every school attacker gives off public indicators of impending danger. Educate your teachers and staff members with this PowerPoint for the warning signs to look for that a student is preparing to attack your school.

Teacher Lockdown Practical Applications (PDF)

Use these worksheets, answer key, and scenarios to quickly and effectively prepare your teachers to know when and when not to call a lockdown over the PA.

How To Identify, Respond, and Report a Potential Threat (PDF)

Guidelines for staff members assisting with morning arrival, lunch, and dismissal in being able to identify, respond, and report a potential threat.

7 Second Teacher Lockdown (PDF)

Use these scripts, teacher self-evaluation sheets, and critical steps to practice and perfect locking down your classrooms in 7 seconds or less!

7 Inner Strengths (Worksheet)

Share this worksheet with your teachers and utilize them to assess students who are showing indicators of concern for having low inner strengths.


Topics & Course Outline

Day 1: 8:30 - 4:00

    A detailed review of the worst school attacks

    Commonalities in school attacks and what every school attacker has in common

    Distinguishing non-threatening behavior from threatening behavior

    Common danger signs that warn of an impending attack

    Reading (assessing) student behaviors and determining their true risk level

    Predicting the type, frequency, and intensity of future student behaviors

    Psychology, mindset, and aftermath of murder as well as why kids attack schools

    Dispelling the myths that hold our schools back from preventing violence

    Eyewitness accounts shared from high profile school attacks

    The real reason kids attack schools and their efforts to fool you

Day 2: 8:30 - 4:00

    Continued detailed review of the worst school attacks

    Weapons, tactics, and intent—how they did it and why

    Blending threat assessment procedures into the academic process

    Equipping students and teachers to identify & safely respond to threats

    Creating multiple safety layers to filter out unwanted behavior and violence

    The global response to school attacks & examples from other countries

    Collaborating effectively with police and other critical support professionals

    Responding to parents, the media, and other members of the community

    Protecting yourself and your school from legal and civil liability


Some of the shootings, murders, and school attacks discussed...

Parkland, FL (2018)

Ohio State University, OH (2017)

Townville, SC (2016)

Umpqua Community College, OR (2015)

Antigo, WI (2016)

Santa Barbara, CA (2014)

Jacksonville, FL (2015)

Jokela High School Finland (2012)

Red Lakes, MN (2005)

Austin, TX (1966)

Beslan Russia (2004)

Shiquan China (2006)

Columbine High School, CO (1999)

Tallahassee, FL (2014)

Downey, CA (1933)

Marysville, WA (2014)

Winnenden Germany (2009)

Sandy Hook Elementary, CT (2012)

Kauhajoki, Finland (2008)

Nikel Mines, PA (2006)

Camargo, IL (1902)

North Park Elementary, CA (2017)

Peru State College, NB (1950)

Hartford, IN (1960)

Cokeville Elementary School, WY (1986)

Erfurt Germany (2002)

Jonesboro, AR (1998)

Bath Consolidated School, MI (1927)

Chattanooga, TN (1868)

Centerville, TN (1990)

Troutdale, OR (2014)

and more...



Email us at or call 540-577-7200 for additional questions. Please let us know how we can help!

1. Who should attend?


Active law enforcement and those who work inside a public, private, or college level school.


Superintendents, Principals, Deans of Students, Counselors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, SRO's, DARE Officers, Threat Assessment Coordinators, Police Supervisors, Teachers, Probation Officers, Security Officers, Youth Services Officers, Members of the Threat Assessment Teams, Youth Correctional Officers, Residential Life Coordinators, Campus Police Officers, Juvenile Detention Specialists, and other school members.

2. Will this class be too much for my teachers to attend? Will it gross them out?


No, not at all. Few graphic images are shown and participants will receive a warning prior to any graphic image so they can look away if they prefer. No images of murdered children or adults are ever shown and class discussions are centered around learning from the event, not being shocked by it.


However, this class is shocking because the very acts themselves are shocking. Kids murdering kids is abnormal and to feel disturbed by it is normal. Even so, not a single principal, vice-principal, teacher, counselor, or other school professional has ever complained that the material was too much in post evaluations.

3. I attended your 10 Worst School Attacks Course. Is this the same class?


No, this is a new class with new materials and examples. However, because this is a class on the lessons learned from school attacks, there will of course be some cross over and we will discuss or touch on many of the same attacks. While the two classes are separate, Without Mercy could be easily described as the advanced class to the 10 Worst School Attacks & Lessons Learned.

4. I don't work in the schools, but I really want this information. Can I attend the class?


The course is designed for school personnel and law enforcement officers. Because of the sensitive nature of the materials, we must be very selective in who attends. Please email us and let us know what you do and why you want to attend the class. We'll do everything we can to accommodate your request!

5. I provide the training for my school district. Can I share the course materials I receive from the class with all the schools in my district?


This professional development is for individual schools and participants. For a school to use the materials, they must send a staff member to the training and that person must be the one who is going to utilize the materials in their school.

6. Can I get a copy of your PowerPoint? I'd like to put on a similar class for my teachers.


Unfortunately, the course PowerPoint or other materials cannot be shared. The presentation materials (videos, PowerPoint, recordings) are enormous (400GB) and represent a decade of work in violence prevention and human threat assessments. Don Shomette is available for district/school trainings and would be happy to discuss how he can help you prepare your staff.

Registration Fee

Individual Registration Fee:

$395 per person (1 Day Training)

$495 per person (2 Day Training)

TEAMWORK: Group Registration Fee:

It takes TEAMWORK to prevent violence!


For agencies that register 3 or more participants, we'll give you the same number in free seats! Send 3, 4, 5, 6 or more and we'll give you 3, 4, 5, 6 or more in free seats!

Agency In-Service or District Wide Professional Development Fee:

$6,875 (fee includes materials, support, and expenses)

Organizations that host a course:

Will receive two free seats to the training.

$990 worth of free training


Hosting a course is simple! All you have to do is provide a classroom and help spread the word via your established networks and we'll do the rest. For more information, visit our hosting page or give us a call: 540-577-7200


* Fee includes instruction, materials, support, and access to free staff development materials only for the participants and their individual school. For a school to use the materials, they must send a staff member to the training.

All participants must be approved by The Shomette Group which reserves the right to make the final determination of who is permitted to attend a professional development.