Headlines from the first month of school are troubling with stabbings, suicides, murder, bullying, cyberbullying and numerous other incidents.
Even more troubling is that most of the incidents look like they were PREVENTABLE had the schools had the right tools to get the right information (concerning behaviors, threats, escalations, etc.) to the right people in the right places at the right time so the right people could do the right things…right away.
For example, the following messages were released on social media days/weeks BEFORE this student committed suicide on the first day of school:
“I have chosen to go with 3 peoples advice and kill myself, I just wish it was faster”
“Hey if I were to stab my eye out due to school caused insanity, who would miss me?”
“I notice if I sound sad I’m normal and if I act happy, cheerful, and ‘normal’ there is a high chance that I will try to poison myself, cut myself, commit suicide, or jump in front of a truck :)”
We cannot change the past, but we can change the future if we take proactive actions right away.
Until all appropriate individuals are equipped with the right tools to PROACTIVELY PREVENT, schools, colleges, government agencies and organizations will only be able to REACT to incidents rather than PREVENT them.
Evidence from hundreds and hundreds of tragic incidents clearly reveal REACTING is significantly more expensive, more stressful, less safe for students and less safe for faculty/staff. And lessons learned reveal it is nearly impossible for schools and colleges to create a positive and safe learning environment when everyone is on edge REACTING to risks, threats and concerning behaviors on an ongoing basis.
Fortunately, several INNOVATOR schools and colleges have stepped up across the United States and in Canada and numerous success stories can be seen in the “In Case You Missed It” section at the following link: https://awareity.com/public/news.asp
With all of the troubling headlines and tragedies this new school year, educational and government officials can’t just talk about SAFETY of Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Members…they must take immediate action and equip individuals to PROACTIVELY PREVENT escalations and tragic incidents.
I am ready to help…call me ASAP at 402.730.0090 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.