We recently conducted a poll on our Facebook page and asked our fans a simple question: “Is your child’s school safe enough to protect them if an active shooter incident occurred?” 77% of respondents said no.
If you’re like most parents, it’s hard not to think about your child’s safety while at school. One recent report noted that more children have died in 2018 because of a school shooting incident than people in our armed forces. That means that our children are in more danger going to school each day than soldiers who fight to keep this country safe.
After each school shooting the amount of “thoughts and prayers” that are posted online and in the media may be a slight comfort to the parents who have lost their children, but the reality is that there is not enough being done to address school safety and security to prevent this tragic loss of life from happening. We’re not advocating for people to take a political side or argue gun rights – those are issues that will likely take years to solve and do not present schools, parents and students with a reasonable solution to safety RIGHT NOW.
We believe there are actions that can be taken right now from parents, community leaders, teachers, students and others to help spark a very needed change in classroom and safety security and they all start with a simple question: “what is being done at the school level to help keep kids safe?”
Depending on who you ask this question to, the answer you receive is likely not enough. Unfortunately, active shooter protocols vary from district to district around the country. There is no minimum standard for classroom safety which leaves teachers and students using desks and chairs to barricade doors. Some training programs such as the ALICE method suggest using classroom materials, supplies, etc. to “counter” a shooter and prevent that person from aiming and shooting accurately.
Here are a few tips on starting a dialog to spark change and improve school safety: