By the 90’s, the public was introduced to the SCARS program to help civilians better understand how to neutralize aggressive individuals, especially during a time when a rise in high school shootings was increasing.
From the 1980’s to the 90’s (comparing the number of noted incidents of high school shootings in the US), the 1990’s had roughly double the count from the 1980’s. Thus, by opening the SCARS program (of course, not in its entirety) to the public to view, educate, and learn from, it was believed that this could serve useful to fending off armed assailants.
In 2013, a book written by Blake Peterson was published informing people on the SCARS and using it as a foundation for teaching those with authority how to protect their youth from the increasing issue of gun violence. According to research, from 2013 to 2015, “160 school shootings [were identified] across 38 states. Nearly 53 percent of the identified shootings took place at K-12 schools, and 47 percent took place on college or university campuses.”
While there was initial success in the distribution of the videos, large schools and institutions were never created to teach SCARS, unlike other martial art styles. Instead, the SCARS program is mainly taught through private seminars, DVDs, and online training videos.
Officially approved by the US Department of Defense as a combat training school for US Special Forces, the program is highly intense and aims to help users “analyze threats and develop specific training programs that teach how to eliminate the threats ability to function.”