Active-Shooter Preparation for Schools

by SKHC Editor on February 22, 2018

Columbine High School. Red Lake Senior High School. Nickel Mines Schoolhouse. Sandy Hook Elementary School. Marshall County High School. And most recently, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It’s tragic to hear of students and faculty losing their lives over senseless acts of violence.

Unfortunately, there’s not a solution to end the violence in our world and in our schools. That said, you cannot underestimate the power of preparation. While you can’t keep a shooter from making violent choices, you can try to keep the shooter out of your classroom. While you can’t offer emergency surgery for victims, you can try to stop the bleeding until first responders arrive.

You hope an intrusion will never happen at your school. But if it does, are you prepared? Below, you’ll find a couple of products that can help you help your students in an active shooter situation.

Barracuda Intruder Defense System

The Barracuda™ Intruder Defense System is designed to protect students and faculty against building intruders in emergency situations. The system securely locks an entry point in a lock-down situation, and can be installed in a matter of seconds.

Learn more about the Barracuda Intruder Defense System.

Barracuda Product Options

School Kids Healthcare offers various Barracuda models:

Up-to-date pricing is always available on If you are buying in bulk for an entire school or district, please call 866.558.0686 or email for special pricing.

Compliance with Fire Code

The International Fire Code does contain language that prohibits locks/latches that cannot be opened from the hall side. That said, logic and good sense suggest that the benefits of a device like the Barracuda far outweigh the risks.

Bilco, the manufacturer of the Barracuda, has found that local authorities having jurisdiction understand the importance of securing doors during lock-down situations, and have allowed them for this specific need. If you’re concerned, we recommend discussing with your local fire marshal.


Bleeding Control

A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes1. It may take longer than five minutes for first responders to arrive – especially in an active-shooter environment that is deemed unsafe. If teachers, administration and even students have the tools and knowledge to help stop the bleeding, they have potential to save a life.

National Stop the Bleed® Campaign

Bleeding control is so important that the White House and National Security Council jointly launched a national Stop the Bleed campaign in October of 2015. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Curaplex Stop the Bleed® Kits

Curaplex, our signature brand, has designed kits to support the Stop the Bleed initiative. Basic, intermediate and advanced kits are available, and provide immediate access to products intended to stop traumatic hemorrhaging (bleeding). These kits include supplies like a tourniquet, bandages, gauze, gloves and more. They’re compact, and can be easily stored in a classroom setting. To see components and pricing for each kit, click on the item listed below:



Up-to-date pricing is always available on If you are buying in bulk for an entire school or district, please call 866.558.0686 or email for special pricing.


Advanced Planning and Preparation

Having tools and products is one part of preparation, but adequate planning is even more important. We encourage you to work with your school administration, local law enforcement and local fire department to create policies and procedures, should you ever be faced with an active-shooter or other emergency scenario.





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