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Breitbart Reports - Retired SEAL: ‘After Parkland, I Reached Out’ and ‘Nobody Wanted to Take Me Up’

Breitbart Reports - Retired SEAL: ‘After Parkland, I Reached Out’ and ‘Nobody Wanted to Take Me Up’



I tried my damndest to get someone’s ear that would allow me to help the schools of Parkland formulate some very simple plans that would at a minimum, at least minimize casualties if this were to happen again.

I left a slew of messages, but unfortunately no one wanted to focus on the real issues at hand and it just fell on deaf ears.
We were only fed bullshit propaganda that fit into an enormous nationwide political agenda.

Breitbart covers this over a year later from hearing me on the Mike Drop podcast. Hopefully this story opens some eyeballs to the citizens of Parkland on what kind of officials they have representing them.

With all this being said...


Preparing children for tragedies like this or anyone for that matter doesn’t and shouldn’t start with government officials. I think no matter what side of the political spectrum you’re on we can all agree the system is fucking broken and it has been for a long time. So why do we put so much “trust” in them to do the right thing?

You as parents need to take responsibility for preparing your kids as well. Quit passing the buck onto everyone else. No one cares for your family more than you do, so why the hell would you be so quick to trust anyone else to take the time to teach your family what to do.

What have you as a family member done to prepare the ones you love the most how to react in a situation like this?
If the answer is nothing... Then it might be time for YOU to start making some serious changes.

I don’t base any of my training off fear, because I think that is a pathetic strategy as a teacher. But... This is some serious shit here ladies and gentlemen, and you’d best get with it.

The email I wrote right after the catastrophic event that went out to every government official, local and national news agency I could think of (I obviously should have contacted Breitbart) and all of my contacts I thought might actually give a shit. It went no where...

The email I sent is posted below.


Parkland, FL has the world's attention right now and my heart bleeds for them.

These cities also had the world's attention:

• Sutherland Springs, TX 11/5/17 26 Fatalities
• Las Vegas, NV 10/1/17 58 Fatalities
• Fort Lauderdale, FL 1/6/17 5 Fatalities
• Dallas, TX 7/7/16 5 Fatalities
• Orlando, FL 6/12/16 49 Fatalities
• San Bernardino, CA 12/2/15 14 Fatalities

What is being done differently this time? 
What have we learned from ALL the previous massacres?

Here is what I've seen so far...


I see everyone doing the exact same thing happening here in my own backyard. A city of victims quick to point the finger at how everything and everyone with the exception of themselves should have been ready for.

Was the country prepared and what steps did they take to get there?

Was the state prepared and what steps did they take to get there?

Was the city prepared and what steps did they take to get there?

Was the school system prepared and what steps did they take to get there?

Here's the most important question of all...

Were YOU prepared and what steps did YOU take to get there?

Here's what we do know:

1) The blame game does not work. 
2) Gun control (no matter where you stand on the subject) will 
still be a topic of debate when the next one happens.
3) It's going to happen again.

Piss poor planning leads to piss poor results. That is a fact of life, no matter what you are doing.

Everyone on every level could have formulated a better plan. Starting with you. What have you taught your kids about how to react when this happens? What is your plan? Or are you waiting for the school, the city, the state, or the country to step in a make the plan for you? That's absurd, how many people have you spoken to in the past 10 years who have faith in our government? Most likely big fat 0. So why in the hell would you want a broken system with no reliability that continually fails the citizens to formulate a plan to save you and your love one's life? Does this sound ridiculous to anyone else?

Being prepared starts with YOU. No one cares more about the lives of you and your family more than YOU. What have YOU done to prepare YOURSELF and YOUR family for when this happens?

I know everyone thinks I'm going towards guns are the answer. Everyone needs a gun to protect themselves. Negative... That's not where I'm going.

The reality is most people will never be proficient enough to be able to perform an act of self defense in an effective manner under extreme stress. Why? Because they fail to work at it. So this is not the answer.


Having a plan works.

Understanding what stops a bullet works.

Knowing the difference between cover and concealment works.

Understanding how to use dead space works.

Knowing where the exits are in relation to where you are works.

Calling the school and questioning them about their plan works.

Have you spoken to your family about any of these things? If you haven't maybe you should consider it.

I just listened to the local news last night and I was disgusted. I'm sitting there listening to a washed up attorney backseat quarterback the tragedy at Parkland High School. Her take on it... 
"I don't know why a group of people didn't rise together and bum rush the shooter. Sure, they would have lost 3 or 4 but eventually they would have taken the shooter out."

Let me ask you something lady. When was the last time you formulated a plan while taking fire, standing over dead bodies?

Here's why they didn't. BECAUSE THEY ARE KIDS!!!!

Can we quit listening to people who have no clue what they are talking about?


By isolating the threat.


Vision and hands. (Maybe we can eliminate one of these?)

Let's finally get real here and get a plan.

Can anyone get me the press? I'd like to help.

God Bless Parkland, FL

Stay Vigilant,

Shawn Ryan

Comments on this post (17)

  • Oct 03, 2020

    Our police employ sensors in the city that detect gunfire and determine its origin immediately and with significant accuracy. Seems like it would be helpful for guards, police, etc. to know in real time if gunfire takes place at a school, and precisely where at the school. Having identified a situation, predetermined actions could be initiated by authorities.

    That said, with all of the marvelous wireless remote security, and cell phones that can activate/control everything in a house, including a washing machine, that we could engineer automated/remote controlled defense devices. I like the fire extinguisher idea, strobes, very loud noises, ??? Something to to confuse/disorient/slow down the bad guy and buy some precious time for the good guys to get on scene.

    — Bill Martin

  • Aug 20, 2020

    Hey Shawn , that is some great input ,we need people to get there heads out of there ass and open there eyes .my wife is a 5th great teacher, and her school has no plan , well a bad one no drills are any prep.

    — Frank Ferolito

  • Aug 09, 2020

    They should give teachers a smart gun, if they desire to carry. Or their should be smart guns locked up. That way if a kid gets ahold of one, they won’t be able to use it via fingerprint. I would personally never carry a smart gun. I’m all Glock 19 and sig but for teachers, it would be a win.

    — Matt Archey

  • Aug 05, 2020

    Don’t put all teachers into the same box. We are not all Libtards. Some of us are combat veterans, some of us want to be armed and trained and are willing to get that done on our own dime. Teachers who want to be armed and are willing to get the correct training should be allowed. I live in California where the active shooter training is a joke and it is illegal for me to even carry pepper spray. Sometimes I think the governor and legislature want high high body counts. Please, do not assume all teachers are alike.

    — Gary Anderson

  • Aug 05, 2020

    I’m a US military Veteran, and I will gladly take the job of standing guard at a public school or college.

    I think the best thing we can do, is to heavily screen and then highly train anybody willing to do the job of working as an seemed guard at a school. Make continued training a requirement and the third priority (after continued screening and keeping the children safe).

    I will gladly take that job. In an instant. And I promise you I’m not the only Veteran out here who will do it.

    I think schools should also have active shooter drills wherein the students practice taking cover and the armed guards practice searching the entire school and clearing rooms. And maybe teachers can have panic buttons in their classrooms which would alert the guards where to go.

    Is this the best possible plan? Probably not. Would it work? Only if implemented properly with continued screening for the guards. And, if an active shooter event should occur, perhaps the guards on duty that day should be rotated out while they undergo additional psych evaluations to ensure they’re ok to return to duty.

    Maybe it’s not the best plan but, it’s better than what they’re doing now.

    — Jason

  • Aug 05, 2020

    My sister is a retired college teacher. She asked me what she could tell her fiends to do if an active shooter happened and they were stuck in the classroom. I told her that every classroom should have a fire extinguisher and if not get one. I then said when the shooter comes into the doorway spray them in the face to blind them and then take the extinguisher, since it is metal, and bash the persons head in. She lives in IL and since there are tough gun laws there are no laws in the use of a fire extinguisher. Keep up the great videos and thank you for your service.

    — Jim C

  • Dec 22, 2019

    My daughter teaches 2nd grade in a private school in Atlanta. Her school’s
    plan is to barricade the kids in their room behind desks. I suggested that she keep an aluminum baseball bat in her classroom. Maybe some welding gloves would be helpful if she can get close enough to grab the barrel of the rifle. She’s athletic but petite. It just seems like a poor plan. Do you have any suggestions?

    — RW

  • Dec 22, 2019

    Thank you for your service and your insight. I agree with your comments and advocate training for teachers and students along the lines you suggested. Keep giving your message till they listen.

    — Gerald Stephens JD

  • Dec 22, 2019

    I completely agree. Congratulations on your wedding. I’ve got to go clean, I’ll e-mail more on the subject soon. I could go on and on but public comment is not the proper forum for my concerns…….ROGER THAT……Hope to talk to ya soon.
    ~Robb……2nd shift custodian at a high school for 20+yrs

    “I am the eyes and ears of this institution my friends…. By the way, that clocks 20 minutes fast.” ~Carl the Janitor, The Breakfast Club 1985

    — Robb Harper

  • Dec 22, 2019

    My cousin is a news anchor un Phoenix for fox. I may be able to help. Contact me.

    — Joel Pearcy

  • Dec 22, 2019

    Great thoughts, Shawn. Also, Utah allows concealed carry (25 years and older) in all public schools.

    — Robert Winkler Burke

  • Dec 22, 2019

    It’s really upsetting that no one bothered to listen to your email. Ever letting a plan at home with your family sitting your kids down and explaining to them cover and concealment I know these are correct tactics and hope is not a tactic. I am completely flabbergasted that some one actually said why didn’t they bum Rush? This is disgusting. I like your concept on removing the ability for an active shooter to be able to be accurate by removing some part of normal senses like hearing or sight. Perhaps some kind of system with strobes and a piercing alarm to be developed. But you’re absolutely right at the bottom of this nobody wants to teach their kids how to protect themselves because they just don’t want to believe that is going to happen it’s really difficult to try and explain to my five-year-old niece why she just got a new backpack that’s a little heavier than normal. But her and her father and I sat down and explained it to her very simply in a way that she could understand without scaring the hell out of her. Keep up the good work.

    Shaun Bennett

    — Shaun Bennett

  • Dec 22, 2019

    Hi I just read you email and listened to the discussion you had regarding school saftey.

    I live up in Canada and my kids practice lockdown drills in school but I have to say the training is very substandard.

    I personally do my best to educate my kids on what to do in an emergency.

    Anyways thanks for your important input into this area of public…child safety.

    — Zef Ordman

  • Dec 22, 2019

    Hi I just read you email and listened to the discussion you had regarding school saftey.

    I live up in Canada and my kids practice lockdown drills in school but I have to say the training is very substandard.

    I personally do my best to educate my kids on what to do in an emergency.

    Anyways thanks for your important input into this area of public…child safety.

    — Zef Ordman

  • Dec 22, 2019

    The real issue here, IMHO, is that everyone wants a simple solution to a complex problem. You see that with everything from motor vehicle issues to software to tax policy to immigration to the wars overseas to school shootings.

    No one really wants to sit down and actually discuss the concept of a plan and they don’t want to do that for three major reasons:

    1) If there’s a plan then someone or some group of people is accountable if it all goes to shit. A plan means people have specific jobs with specific job descriptions and we’ll know if they didn’t do them.

    2) Legit planning means that basically everybody is going to hear things they don’t want to hear. Those who thinks the cops are Gods will find they actually have a response time to get to the scene, get set, go find the shooter and deal with him. People who want gun control will find it doesn’t work. People who thinks guns are a magic talisman will find that’s not true. People who think their kids are safe will find that a security review means that there kids are nowhere near as safe as they thought. Administrators will be found to be silly and incompetent.

    Lots of people with preconceived notions on [insert topic here] are going to get their bubble burst and the folks in charge don’t want to be the ones who rain on everyone’s parade.

    3) Once an actual plan is found then that means people have to train it, look for holes, change it, retrain it again and again and again. Then some nut does something unexpected that would have gotten past the plan and we go back to square one. We’re constantly evaluating current circumstances or changes in tactics and technology and improving our response capabilities.

    It’s not just a folder on a shelf that you can dust off and read once a year or a meeting you can have over the summer and be done with it. Well done it would have layers and moving parts. That’s a lot of extra work for people and they don’t want to do it, especially since it’s in preparation for an event that scares the fuck out of them and so they’d rather not think about it at all. They definitely don’t want to have to do all of that and then explain it to John and Jane Q. Public.

    — strych9

  • Dec 22, 2019

    Where can a person get more educated about this subject?

    — John

  • Dec 22, 2019

    Most people don’t want to hear what needs to be said. Hats off to you for trying to actually accomplish something, rather than pointing the finger at the tool used, and using the situation for political talking points. God bess you brother!

    — Ed muscott

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