Hello, my name is William Cloud and along with with my co-director James Russell we intend to make a documentary examining the epidemic of school shootings and more importantly what deterrents can actually make a difference. I worked for child services for a number of years working closely with schools and witnessing child trauma firsthand and understand the impact this can have. Although a very difficult job I loved it immensely. Unfortunately real life got in the way and I had to relocate and act as a caregiver for my ill parents who both since passed away. I hold a degree in philosophy with a focus on ethics and morality as well as a minor in religious studies. I'm currently a graduate student working towards my Masters of social work as well as building a nonprofit that acts as a clearing house of information for local service providers. I've felt a calling to make things a little better in this world and hope this project can achieve that. James has worked in the film industry for 15 years working on a multitude of various projects. His expertise on film production is vast and brings considerable knowledge to our team. We are truly passionate about our project and hope in some small way we can add to the safety of our children at school. We have sought out volunteers and passionate people about our project but still require a fairly significant amount of resources. We intend to utilize both real school locations as well as design and build a set to examine the actual effects of deterrents. For example how easy it is to shoot through bullet proof glass, locked school doors, and various obstacles. For our simulations we will use paintball guns that mimic real life weaponry (utilized by various law enforcement and military for training). We will also use real weaponry in field tests. Our volunteers of which we are looking at several hundred will require safety gear to avoid injury. We have support from local law enforcement, local community leaders, school officials and have a forensic pathologist on board . Our goal of $35,000 will allow us to secure each of these components and make the simulations as realistic as possible while keeping our volunteers safe. If we are able to go beyond our goal we will continue to add further simulations and professionals. If we are unable to meet our goal we will still seek further support to make this project a reality. When we get fully funded and after distribution costs a portion of our proceeds will be donated to the Sandy Hook Promise charity (Sandyhookpromise.org)
We will also be working with Mira Unity, it is a honor and privilage to be working with this fine team! Here is a little about them. Mira-Unity is a transatlantic partnership between 2 security companies who are passionate about working to keep people safe. Training to prevent and prepare for active shooter events is one of our specialist services. Our team has a broad spectrum of experience in dealing with dynamic and traumatic events that has been accrued during decades of service in the military, law enforcement and government security. Mira-Unity programs are developed by combining experience with meticulous research and a full understanding of the risk that is to be managed. Our products are therefore evidence based and unclouded by political bias. Our neutrality, integrity and intellectual rigor is the reason that JASS approached us to work with them on this project. We are delighted to be involved in such an important, and potentially lifesaving, piece of work. As our contribution to JASS we have agreed to waive our fees. We are excited at the prospect that this project will allow us to extend our extensive understanding of active shooter incidents and make a significant contribution to keeping our kids safe in school. If you are interested in talking to us, whether for some informal advice or a request for our services, please feel free to contact us at @mira-unity, info at mira-unity.com , or view our website Mira-Unity.com Don’t hesitate - keeping people safe is what we do. Good luck to everyone involved in JASS - it’s an honor to be working with you on such a worthwhile project. Risks and challenges Risks & Challenges We have minimized several of our risks involved with the simulated school shootings by involving local law enforcement and medical professionals. We continue to build more contacts with further schools and other law enforcement agencies in the nearby areas. Given the message and importance of our documentary we have be greatly appreciative of the amazing support and interest that professionals have already shown in our project and we believe strongly that will have an amazing team of contributors.
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Risks and challenges
We have minimized several of our risks involved with the simulated school shootings by involving local law enforcement and medical professionals. We continue to build more contacts with further schools and other law enforcement agencies in the nearby areas. Given the message and importance of our documentary we have be greatly appreciative of the amazing support and interest that professionals have already shown in our project and we believe strongly that will have an amazing team of contributors.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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