Safety in Schools
Safety in Schools
We are well into the school year both high school and College. Football, Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross-Country, all the fall sports!
The topic I would like to talk about is quite hard, especially since there has been many of these over the past 20 years. School Shootings.
There have been 68 school shootings since Columbine High school in Colorado. From 1999 to 2014, the average number of days between shootings was 124 days. From 2015 to 2018, the average was 77 days. (1)
These shootings have not all been mass shootings. Some have been single
Gun shots. ***Note: The FBI defines an active shooter as: “An individual (or individuals) actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area,” no matter the number of victims. The FBI excludes drug or gang violence and “accidental discharges of a gun.”
I have been working on a project since spring of 2018 to try and figure a way to keep our students, teachers and staff members safe at schools. Since the Parkland incident I have gathered information and strategically devised a way to keep our students safe. It’s a comprehensive plan that involves electronics, hardware, change of response for students and teachers, certain resources made available to both teachers and students, and training provided to students and teacher that will increase their chances of saving their own life.
My plan and procedures do not include arming teachers. Teachers are there to teach our kids. The less weapons in the school, the better.
My purpose of this initial Blog is to make the parents, the school administrators, the teachers, and any other individual that reads these blogs to start to talk to your children and make them aware that this could happen in your school. For how freighting that is, talking to them and having a plan is better than none.
I live in Sneads Ferry, NC and am retired. I am planning to visit the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania this coming week. There, I will be sitting down with School District officials in one of the local towns. I will be proposing a comprehensive plan for the District to think about and start to move forward with combating this horrific act that so many schools have experienced in the last 20 years.
As readers, I would encourage you to talk to your schools and have them request I visit and speak to them on the many options that are available to them to make their school and classroom much safer. I have several friends from the Lehigh Valley area that are educators. I was raised and lived my entire elementary and high school years in Emmaus, Pa. I believe if this request comes from the teachers, administrators, and most important the parents, my impact will be far greater.
If anyone has any questions regarding how to start the safe school’s initiative in their town, school, district, please feel free to contact me. Fastest and easiest way phone. 412-445-4899 or 910-465-4899. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
I really believe we can minimize the damage and trauma that these shootings produce by being very pro-active.
My best to everyone!
Until next time, be safe and smart and be aware!