Safety & Security for Celebrity’s’ & VIP’s Children at School
Celebrity’s’ children are kids who are either the offspring of the famous or are themselves. Because they are minors, they are required to attend school. For some, the schooling option is at home, but for others, a unique social life achieved from enrolling in either public or private campuses is preferable for the family. These are the students with whom we are most concerned.
AEGIS has covered a lot on school safety in the last month. Because numerous recent surveys and news articles have come out to reveal how ill-prepared campuses are to handle major security threats, including active shooters and terrorist attacks, we think it’s important to inform the public about training programs designed to work specifically with students and school staff.
For this blog, we turn to a unique sector of education: celebrity’s’ kids in school. AEGIS has not only worked exclusively with numerous high-profile clients; we have protected celebrity’s’ children in various schools, ensuring their privacy is maintained.
In a recent interview, AEGIS’ own Jeff Zisner, President and CEO, discusses the unique challenges and responsibilities schools face when they have celebrities roaming the hall. According to Zisner, the largest issue is “paparazzi enthusiasts,” who are not licensed members of the press and are looking to make a quick buck with a photo of a celebrity kid because they cannot get closer to an adult celebrity. This means that they are not going to be concerned with boundaries or privacy, making them more dangerous to the student and campus.
There are a couple resolutions that can be taken for this kind of intrusion. First, high-profile cases may choose to utilize a personal guard on the campus who will walk the student to each class and wait outside of the class until the next passing period. This type of executive protection is typically reserved for students and families who have received direct threats or who are considered high-risk by security consultants. Second, campuses can provide a security team for the entire campus, ensuring that gates are secured and suspicious people are reported immediately and removed from the premises. Having a security team with officers who are highly trained, such as those at AEGIS, can be more beneficial to a campus looking to enhance its security to ensure that individual students do not have extra attention on them as could be a side-effect of walking around with a bodyguard.
Security breaches at schools attended by high-profile children are fairly common. Just last week, a woman broke into Prince George’s school in London. In the LA area, paparazzi flock to the streets of Coldwater Canyon, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood to try to catch a glimpse of celebrities picking up their kids from schools in the area. The best means of security for these institutions is to have physical security.
At AEGIS Security & Investigations, we believe school security is a necessity for any educational institution. Reliability, professionalism, and ability to follow procedure are a must. Our officers function as role models and mentors in addition to security, fostering a safe and secure environment for learning by creating and maintaining appropriate relationships with students and staff. We design and implement a strategy to enforce school rules and laws on campus by conducting a thorough site assessment, incorporating site specific and SB1626 state mandated training for all assigned personnel, and by regularly re-assessing our effectiveness. By implementing solid defensible legal strategies, tactics, and technology, AEGIS Security & Investigations creates and executes solutions for our clients to accomplish their campus specific safety and security objectives.
AEGIS Security & Investigations is a Los Angeles region company that is licensed and insured in the State of California to provide high-end armed and unarmed regular and temporary off-duty police officers, bodyguards, security officers, loss prevention agents, and event staff. Additionally, we offer services for private investigation, consultation, people tracing, and background investigation. Our trainings and workshops in the field of security licensure and counter-terrorism have been featured in news media and are renowned for their efficacy. For more information or to contact us, visit www.aegis.com.
By Chelsea Turner & Jeff Zisner