People are the Prize







Hard Lessons Learned from the Worst School Attacks

Dwight, IL

13-14 June 2018


13-14 June 2018

Wednesday - Thursday



Dwight High School

801 S Franklin St.

Dwight IL. 60420

Group Bonus: Register 3 or more and receive the same number in free seats!

Course at a glance...

-- 2 Day Live Professional Development

-- 14 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, 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...

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...

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)

Qabak Iraq (2013)

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...



the instructor & creator of WITHOUT MERCY

Don Shomette is unlike any other violence prevention specialist. He doesn't focus on cameras, doors, and locks, but people. His personal motto is that People are the Prize and this unrelenting belief is embedded into everything that he and his company (People are the Prize) create or present.


Cameras record. Locks delay. People prevent violence. Nothing is more imporant than a committed, trained vigilant person.


People are the Prize!


Rated consistently for over 20 years as one of the best instructors ever, Don challenges, inspires, and has equipped thousands of schools and police departments to think differently about preventing violence.


And if that doesn't make him different enough, he's has 8 kids of his own, was a prior School Resource Officer, therapeutic foster parent, and a US Marine for 12 years with the distinction of being an honor graduate from Marine Corps Recruit Training, Infantry Training School, Non-Commissioned Officer School, and Officer Candidate School.


As an expert in assessing threats of violence and conducting human threat assessments, Don has equipped countless school districts, superintendents, principals, SRO's, counselors, teachers, mayors, city managers, and other community leaders with the skills and materials to quickly and accurately determine if a student truly poses a threat to himself and others.


Don's expertise in discerning threats of violence is consistently sought by law enforcement and school personnel throughout the country.

Don Shomette

"I was going to retire, but you inspired me to keep going."


--New York Police Officer 20+ years

"I have never had a presenter who was so knowledgeable on the topic. I learned more in this 2-day course than in my 16 years in my law enforcement and teaching career."


--Professor of Criminal Justice, AL

"I enjoyed your class so much that I texted my training Sgt and thanked him for sending me!"


--Indiana Police Officer 8+ Years





He's had the privilege of working inside and with urban, rural, suburban, private, charter, universities, and religious schools with mild to severe violence issues and ranging in size from 8,000 students to over 65,000 students.

Some of those that he's helped...


and many 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.

Register for Without Mercy!


Limited seating available!


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Registration Fee:


$395 per person*


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!

Cancellation/Reschedule Policy:

  1. The Shomette Group reserves the right to cancel or reschedule training. If the training is cancelled or rescheduled, you will be contacted at the email address and/or phone number you provided when you registered.
  2. Any training with less than 15 registrations one week prior to the course start date may be rescheduled or cancelled.
  3. The Shomette Group is not responsible for any expenses incurred as a result of the rescheduling or cancellation of any course.

Attendance Policy:

  1. All trainings are private and not open to the public.
  2. No person will be admitted without prior written approval from The Shomette Group.
  3. All registrations must be made prior to start of the training. Those who arrive on the day of the training, without first being registered and approved to attend, will be denied access.
  4. Because of the sensitivity of the materials, participants may be required to validate their law enforcement and or association with an educational institution.
  5. The Shomette Group reserves the right to deny anyone admittance to the training at any time.

Refund Policy:

  1. Request for refunds must be made in writing two weeks prior to the course start date or the registration fee will be applied as credit to another training.
  2. Should a refund be given, all refunds will be given by check and mailed within 90 days
  3. A $25 dollar refund fee may be charged depending on payment method.

For Assistance:

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Your privacy:

Matters a great deal to us. We will never share your information. Period.

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