February 6th, 2013
05:06 PM ET
Seagal to lead school shooting response exercise
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s team will participate in a simulated school shooting as a training exercise, with help from a special celebrity guest, according to a statement.
Along with instructors, actor Steven Seagal will lead the simulation, to take place in the Arizona county on Saturday, February 9.
Seagal, who has made a name for himself headlining action movies such as “Above the Law” and Under Seige,” will help educate 40 armed volunteers on room-entry tactics and hand-to-hand tactics, the statement says.
Since January, Arpaio, known for his tough stance on undocumented immigrants, has worked to put together what the statement refers to as a posse program to patrol the areas surrounding schools.
Seagal was featured in "Steven Seagal: Lawman" which according to IMDB followed his "adventures as a fully-commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana."
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this man earned his own money, this man has & is doing something positive for all of us, this man never seems to stop getting involved with a new project. did he put on a few pounds?, so what! it isn't from "welfare" or any other financial assistance that we pay tax for.. I think he'd make a great leader, I'd vote him in as US President
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Kim the visible aspect of one's character as it impresses others: He has a pleasing personality.
gaga let me turn the volume up on the phone
I think it is great that Steven Segal and that Sheriff, ran that drill, But I would like to know about the rest of the at risk schools? I mean I think Well I have an idea, we have Solders returning and with time left to serve. We call them Hero's why cant we let our young Men and Women Who have combat experience serve so stateside duty time guarding our children and their's Cause the children of our hero's go to the same stateside schools as everyone elses, Just an Idea, I mean if they can fight battles and protect base camps I feel sure They are more than qualified too secure a campus of kids. Anyway like I said what about the other schools that the actor did not visit?
u still can do it...
This is hilarious... From my own time in the entertainment industry, I learned that Steven Seagal has two (well, three, if you count himself) obsessions: guns and exotic animals... While shooting a movie in the Balkans, Seagal purchased a giant snake, which, after escaping into the walls if his hotel room, provoked Seagal to respond by emptying several high-capacity clips into said walls, causing some thousands in damages... I'm glad this is the guy leading the charge, aren't you?
like i didn't know that...thanks.
Checi out this blog above Stevareno:
Kim the visible aspect of one's character as it impresses others: He has a pleasing personality.
gaga let me turn the volume up on the phone
if you knew what i knew about you...you'd fall down and i would hear you from here....
I just hope that he doesn't sit on anyone. If you have seen him in person than you know he weighs over 900 lbs. And his little group of midget cops, what people on the street call a passe I believe, that act as his bodyguards have been known to hold people so that he can break wind toward them. When you live on bokchoy, sardines and marshmallow topping, your body can create a ferocoius odor.
Folks, it's just another publicity stunt of Sheriff Arpaio. He has to keep his name in the media somehow, and this issue of protecting school children came up and just one more issue to link his name to. As far as Seagal goes, this is no laughing matter to bring in a has-been Hollywood stuntman to show the ropes of what? Theatrics?
Steven seagal is a Akido master who has trained law enforcement for years. while he might be a bad actor he is not someone you would ever want to mess with.
Steven Seagal: School Narc
Check your local listings
quiet–you know i lost some weight.....staying home...xo..hope too see you.
A bloated, washed up has-been. I still enjoy a lot of his earlier work, though.
I'd LOVE to be in that class. Unintentional comedy ratings are off the charts!
some of these blogs are so wrong...steven is a great guy, sure he has problems but so do the rest of us.
we should be proud of him he's a great guy....good luck steven!
Now she thinks she's Steven Seagal–the picture above is steven segal.
Drop what you're doing. Fly to Hollywood and picket for the return of MadTV–one night only–Will Sasso as Steven Seagal in "Crouching Cops, Hidden Badges Part 2: Kindergarten Commando."
chris brown would beat seagal's ass!
Why my statement is not showing? instead I received a message that I said that before! NOT I didn't say that before...now what I was saying was ...never compare Steven Segal with Chris Brown,he is a FBI CIA and Navy Seal retiree ,he is a great actor ,his philosophy of live is different of your Chris Brown,who is from the ghetto who became a rich and famous singer because his music( I never listen anyway) segal is a handsome man and real HOT! indeed Segal can for sure unequibacle kickChris ass! not question about!
I just forgot onemore thing :he is a Martial Arts expert!
this is blogging its just jokes folks....i love steven and all he believes in.....your have to read those minaj blogs
thank goodness blogging is just joking Love you Steven, great job.
Of course none of us would say any of the "funny" stuff within his arm's reach but I do respect him for what he has done over the years except for acting, and of course acting. Oh and then there's acting... I'm remebering something bad he did involving his wife, cheating with the babysitter or something. That greatly lessened my respect.
And to CitizenUS- get a new name. You don't want my postings to be confused with your name and vise versa, (unless your comments are better)...
i want too see him up close and thank him.
and she encouraged him to do this–she's a good wife and the marriage is a gem...he's basically nothing too hollywood anymore but at least she guides her husband properly and not dishonestly...
good job mrs seagal...
Sorry I disagree with you in this one! love Seagal ,watch all his movies ,but great marriage? noooooot!!! he was a cheater ,he cheat at his wife with the babysitter,left his wife and marry the babysitter...in that part I disagree with him but he was so handsome any woman wanted him! he use to cheat on his wives .......
at least he's doing something good for our country...
he's has been loser.
Why a looser? because he did good movies? or is a Martial Arts expert..CIA,FBI retired? because he is handsome?becaue he don't kiss azzzzzz to Hollywood? I feel just jealous here! do you?
i'm not the jealous type....
he's a has been but at least he's doing something for the kids...i like steven
Oh yes he cheated with is babysitter,left his wife and married the babysitter....love him but he was a cheater indeed!
the least he could do is help the situation and do something for his country instead of sitting on his fat ass all day
at least he's finally doing something for his country...good job steven
at least he's doing something...
Steven Seagal is the #1 Action-fu star. Mess with him and you're going DOWN.
he is a has been
Lost in space....
At least he is doing something about it.
The laws are way too soft on the criminals, and everything now is "mentally insane". The laws need to change so the innocent would be protected and not the criminals.
glad he's doing this...i'm quite proud of him...he's a very gutsy guy.
Wow, witty and informed feedback. Instead of just saying nothing, you said....well, you know...
Have any of the people blasting Seagal on being an "actor" actually looked into his past and his credentials? Have you ever observed his incredible control of a firearm or his use of the human body for or against another person? The man is incredibly skilled, well educated in his craft, and has trained police officers for years with great success. His shooting and his martial arts skills are in no way acting. Acting just made him a lot of money with real life skills.
Whether you like him or not as an actor, it is not his acting that is involved in all this training. He sincerely cares about protecting the public and improving those around him to do the same. By offering his expertise, he is actually contributing something concrete to a real problem with many faces. He's doing SOMETHING, which most people cannot claim. He is not simply blasting others online and basing his objections on uninformed opinions.
Do some research on the man. Look at his training. Look at his skills. Observe his capabilities with some objectivity and you may come away thankful people like him are around to help those of us who rely on law enforcement officers to provide a measure of safety in our communities. And maybe, just maybe, someone whose life he has improved through training will be around in the event one of YOUR family members or friends is in a situation where force is absolutely required to eliminate a threat or stop an act of violence before another life is lost.
To Steven, thank you. I sincerely appreciate your contribution to a societal problem and I hope only the best for those civilians and officers fortunate enough to receive your assistance.
I'm glad someone said the true good things about this skilled fighter!
great writing but it sounds like your talking about me.
Well said! he is a good man ......people gets confused about because his films ,it is a whole differeny story this guy gots real Credentials ask the FB,I CIA they know him well!
Excellent comment Bill!
i want to fool around in the "actual blizzard" kay?
i want too fool around this weekend....i love fooling around in a snow storm
missed u last night...went to the movies...truth
I don't care if it's Steven Seagal or anyone else if they are truly trying to help and protect our kids then it's a good thing. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Remember educating ourselves is the key. Thank you all........
your the first person i'd go to for advice
Seagal has a completely failed movie career and life. This is just something else he is trying with his good buddy, Sheriff Joe, to try to keep his name in the media.
His credibility as a "Law Enforcement Expert" took a major tumble when he crashed into and wrecked the wrong house in trying to carry out a warrant. The ones he wanted were in a nearby house and they got away as soon as he crashed into the other one.
i didn't see a crash–
Maybe he can teach one of you Lib tards to defend yourself.
Seagal is one of those celebrity deputies a lot of departments have. The problem is he believes he really is the be-all and end-all of law enforcement. Given the blatant disregard for the 4th and 5th Amendments he has demonstrated on his "reality show" I would be surprised if his arrests resulted in any convictions that were not overturned on initial appeal.
Joe, you're an idiot. Please don't comment on something you obviously know nothing about. I have met the man personally. You have no idea of the mans capabilities nor his intentions. The irony is, he really wouldn't give a sh%t what you thought of him, but would still protect you and your family the same as any other.
If Seagal was a Libersl you I diots would be saying nothing but good things about him.
What does his political view have to do with this?
All schools should have had armed police/guards from day one or at least since Columbine. Wished a guard could of pumped evil Adam Lanza with a round to stop or limit the carnage.
Columbine did have an armed police officer at the school. When faced with overwhelming firepower & the element of surprise an armed guard isn't much use.
An armed guard can be useful, but it depends on the guard, his ability to comminicate, his training, and his skill with his weapon. At columbine, the guard couldn't make the shot at the range he had, and had to choose between communicating and engaging. At that time, the by the book response was to not engage, to contain the scene and set up a full response. That was incredibly time consuming, and by the time command centers were established and perimiters closed down, the event was essentially over. The book has changed, and guards are equipped with radios or cell phones, such that they can engage the attacker much more quickly, if they are in a position to do so.
The Columbine massacre wasn't just a school shooting. It was a full-on assault with bombs and guns. An armed security guard had little chance of taking them out considering they were wearing vests and body armor. Lanza was also wearing protection.
And the cost of these semi-useful guards is another consideration.
The poster named sheeple should cease to exist, quickly.
Eddie Munster called and he wants his hair back
Careful, when steven seagal is out for justice hes above the law. If you were to take him under siege youd be marked for death with exit wounds and a nasty fire down below. Cause hes the glimmer man..
Nice. That's a great one-sentence tribute to the actor that still remains the worst host in SNL history. Who needs the Stanilavsky method when you got a great ponytail, right?.
Hey mario! That was great!
Too funny, that rocks !
That's a keeper
As former residents of Maricopa County we are quite familiar with SHeriff Joe's antics. Inviting a celebrity guest to an exercise of this importance goes to show that Sheriff Joe is nothing but a publicity hound and will stop at nothing to see his name in the news . We want to thank Steven Segal and every other sheriff deputy,police officer, fire fighter, EMT, and educato in there daily efforts in protecting our children. These brave men and women do all they can every day without asking for anything. Feeding into Sheriff Joe's narsisstic behavior is wrong and possibly dangerous, We pray this is not the case.
I think it's a good idea. I've seen all of Seagals movies and even watched his reality show. He was great on patrol and knows what he's doing.
There is a reason they refer to him as an "actor". And yes, those quotes are doing double duty to both emphasis the word and mock him.
a patented idlot sheriff to work with a patented idlot actor to simulate school safety action movie style ..
reality is not a movie and we are not paranoid
we don't need to live in fear
Anyone who has such a limited vocabulary and intellect to use the word "idiot" twice is him/herself an.... Well. You know.
is that all you've got?
using a synonym wouldn't change much reality and would be misleading .. but you probably don't get it, do you?
It's a good idea because the student body generation of today is more likely to respond to entertainment and celebrity than to cold hard facts, sad as it is. This is what appeals our aloof, self-absorbed, reality-TV-zombified youth. See it for the positives. It's too easy to bash the caricature aspect of the man.
this is not about school safety .. don't yo get it, it's about gun sales
Sheeple, with such a creative an original name, you really have no room to insult anyone. Please go back to your pen resume licking your own balloon knot clean.
How is Segal's "fame" even of any use here when dealing with kids? Do kids even know who he is? Segal reached his peak in the late 80's and has been rolling downhill ever since. I seriously doubt most kids in school these days have any idea who he is.
my point ... this is about gun sales .. the target is not school kids .. it's pathetic gun buyers who know Segal, are old enough to have money or guns and think are losers enough to think he is smart ...
this is about selling guns .. nothing else
i'm so proud of him.
I hope for you that you are being sarcastic
Seagal's celebrity really has nothing to do with this.
And if you read the article you would see he is not interacting with children, he is teaching first responder's offensive and defensive tactics when entering a school with an attacker.
And why him? Seagal has been an acknowledged firearms teacher and street defense tactics for over 10 years! He has taught numerous classes to law enforcement and security people. Say what you want about his acting and quality of movies but you'd certainly want to have first responders for your children trained by someone who knows what they are doing.
I rather see less guns in the hands of idlots instead of wasting time doing something that will never work .. school are not a ground for swat exercises ... unless you put a swat team in every school waiting for the next lunatic who was given a high power gun ... no security guard will be able to make any significant different
this Segal stunt is about gun sales promotion and nothing else
At least he is trying to help our society out with a major problem in our country which is alot more than I can say for most of the other drug addicted actors and actresses that all have a different companion every other time you see them on television.
On his "reality" show he punched a harmless guest on the show because the guy thought he was kidding around when he demanded everyone do everything he said and treat him like he's Chuck Norris. I mean a guy who did nothing even remotely aggressive other than think Seagull was kidding because he was acting like such a jerk. This guy with a GUN is NOT a good idea.
Funny thing is, Sheriff Arpaio is more famous than Steven Seagal these days.
These two are like the Batman and Robin of Insanity. Dynamic Dumbos
This psycho showed up on the set of a movie that his then wife was filming. While she shot a scene, he sat in a directors chair staring. The director stopped filming when it was noticed Segal had a gun in his hand. He was later asked to leave the set and not return. The guy is a first class jerk as well as a gun nut.
Thanks for your lies.
Another pair of underwear destroyed.
I look forward to seeing what exactly this consists of. Train derailment/rerailment/explosion? Kung Fu war surrounded by nuclear warfare? Taking down a nose diving F-16 with a 9mm?
YOU CAN'T PREPARE FOR A SEAGAL INVASION. ITS IMPOSSIBLE.
Whispering. Well now this is what you do. You throw yourself at the gunman and yell run children. If that doesn't work then buy one of my hairpieces and plug the barrel of the gun. I guarantee the stupid thing wont fire.
Steven Seagal is a shill! This lunatic uses his celebrity notoriety to rape women he hires in his private jet and wedges his way into Arizona Sheriff's political circle and he is known in Scottsdale gun stores to buy up guns using his agent. What a joker.
When Steven Segal does a push-up, he is actually pushing the world away (because that is physics).
No. That is Chuck Norris.
I think fishsticks and tater tots for lunch every day would make me happier. I'm in 8th grade. Do I get a vote? I vote for that and chocolate pudding for desert. And more computer classes.
You like fishsticks? What are you, a gay fish?
I have no clue if he has skills to teach in these situations, so I will not comment if he is the right person for the job. I do know that I don't think this should be televised, to show what teachers may do in these situations just give the other team game film to study.
To play devil's advocate here. I drive past a grade school on the way to take my kids to high school every day. In fact, I drive past this school a few times a day, going in and out of my neighborhood. At various time, the play ground next to the school is filled with kids on recess. I can't help but think he easy it would be for some sick guy with a gun to either drive by or just park on the street and start shooting kids. With a high capacity semi auto, he could probably shoot a dozen kids before speeding away. What good would any kind of armed guard or "posse" on the premise do? By the time they even came out to react, the damage would be done. Let's be careful to not over-react to perceived dangers, but also to imagine that they can only take one form. In a country where a person can put a rifle or handgun in a car and drive past a school, or a grocery store parking lot, or a college campus, there is very little anyone can do to stop him if he is sick enough to want to kill people. Protecting entry points and guarding kids once they are in school is fine, but it presumes that this is the only known threat. We are a nation bloated with personally owned firearms, and as long as there are sick people with guns, tragedies will happen. It reminds me of a general who was quoted as saying in reaction to 911 "What are we supposed to do? Put anti aircraft guns on sky scrapers??" This action on the part of this community may make people feel safer, but it is naive in its singular focus.
You can secure the property (school) like private schools in other countries, a wall surrounding the school plus a couple of security guys with radios in the main entrance of the school and a Police car in the parking lot. You can not access the school unless you have an appointment or you are a student. Problem solved.
Oh like a prison...
The great thing about america is that we are a trusting society.
You can walk into any police station and be able to shoot 4 or 5 cops before anyone is able to pull out a gun and respond. That is the best thing about having a gun it is used to kill fast. It is also the worst thing about living in a trusting society.
If you have the desire to kill, nothing is going to stop you no matter what people do to prepare for it.
good point . hahaha
It would be better if all school faculty had to attend 2 years of Steven Seagal approved training in how to kick the ever living shizzle out of someone old-school akido style, breaking their arm backward in the process. Not only would that deter would-be gunman from poking around schools, but it would deter would-be tough guy school kids from mockig/taunting/abusing teachers... Imagine little johnny clowning on the chunky girls track coach, and then walking around with a full arm cast for the next 5 months as a badge of stupidity. Teach a555 kicking Steven. We need you.
it just goes to show you that he cares alot about kids safety in schools.
Steven Seagal, with overtly angry sheriff; shows how to protect kids from immigrant attacks and Non-American born presidents. Then he will lead Arpaio's posse off into the sunset with Mexican scalps and Michele's new hairdo. Then the acid will wear off and he will meltdown into a has been action star with very dubious credentials....
According to sources, he will also teach the staff to hang onto a helicopter while shooting at the bad guys, jump off a three-story building into a dumpster, and drive on two wheels, lol.
Cherubino, I am with you! Since when did the celebrities start running this country?
Oh, wait, that is right: it started in the Clinton era, went on hold for eight years, and now has been becoming the true power behind the "throne for the past four years.
Maybe when an actor was voted president? Reagan?
I don't understand this. The internet is supposed to make more information available to everyone. It is supposed to make humanity as a whole more intelligent. Yet we still have these obvious dimwits who know nothing about the world around them other than what the hear on Rush Limbaugh. Seriously, some of you whackos should move to a Libertarian paradise like Somalia.
good luck steven!
i think that seagal participating in this brings more attention,thus more awareness to the problem of school shootings
The dude is only looking for TV time and attention and padding his fading image.
Went to high school with Stevie, did not like him then, still don't like him.
well he was in the cia before he went into acting.
Why do we need (no disrespect) Steven Seagal to instruct volunteers? Don't we have police and military experts for that? He's not a cop, he just plays one on TV! I love the guy but this is not right....
He is a "cop" in my state of Louisiana. He worked for many many years with the Jefferson Parish Police Department. I believe he will be an asset to the police officers in Arizona due to his experience and training.
Actually he has been a cop in jefferson parish, la. for over twenty years now. He's also an expert marksman and a martial arts expert. Sounds to me like a good person to have involved with it.
He has been a firearms instructor for law enforcement departments for years. He knows his guns.