S1 Ep. 2 Strengthening School Safety Protocols: Lessons Learned from a Tragic Event

Published July 2023


For Guy Bliesner, the Rigby Middle School shooting in 2021 wasn’t only a tragic event—it was a crucial learning experience for the safety protocols schools should have in place during and following such events.

After witnessing the aftermath of the shooting, Guy observed just how overwhelming the following processes can be. From initial response to communication and reunification, Guy details just how important it is not to just train and carry out streamlined protocols but to acknowledge human emotions and mitigate the trauma responses in the aftereffects.

Guy joined host Paul Timm on The Changing Face of School Security podcast to discuss:

  • Lessons learned in the Rigby school shooting
  • The importance of school culture and climate
  • Changes in school security procedures


Who is Guy Bliesner?

Guy Bliesner is a school safety and security analyst for the Idaho State School Board and has dedicated his career to school safety since 2006.

Connect with the guest
Email: guy.bliesner@osbe.idaho.gov

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