I have no objections to trained police officers or school resource officers being in our schools if that's what the local school officials and law enforcement think is appropriate, but we need to be skeptical and concerned about having non-professionals (particularly those with other responsibilities like teaching, staffing or going to class) carrying loaded weapons in our schools.
Demonstrating compassion doesn't always save lives as dramatically as it did in Antoinette Tuff's case, but the potential is real
Despite Antoinette Tuff's own personal challenges, she was grounded in her faith, and when she had the opportunity, was ready to shine her own light and make a difference in the lives of others.
With quiet competence and courage, never having confronted this kind of horror before, Antoinette started talking to the young man, and surprisingly, he started talking back.
Let's collectively hope and pray that your teens do not have to deal with real or perceived school disasters this year. Nonetheless, no topic should be off limits: correct?
This is not a political, partisan issue. Rather, it's an issue that affects us all.
This week makes it obvious that the first-line of defense for kids wouldn't be the occasionally roaming security guard, it wouldn't be the principal or the teacher, it wouldn't be the custodians or volunteer dads; my kids' real lifeguards would be the front office staff.
Over the past month there has been an important national discussion concerning discriminatory remarks about people living with mental illness in the media.
We may never fully understand how it was that Antoinette Tuff persuaded an emotionally troubled young man to lay down his weapon. Yet the mainstream media is mostly mute about the palpable force in her life that, by her own reckoning, helped protect the lives of hundreds of school children.
Life's moments can often bring out the best in people, by giving them a chance to put their true essence to use. Some of these are conscious decisions and others are unplanned situations where we quite simply shine.
From early laws in the 70's that promoted segregation of students to the epidemic that is bullying, we can see incidents of trauma everywhere in education. Educational Trauma is defined as the inadvertent perpetration and perpetuation of victimization by educational systems against consumers and producers of the system. Victims of educational trauma may include: children, adolescents, and adults interacting the educational system.
Do we really want to extend police surveillance to our smartphones? Are we watched enough each day outside of our homes, or do we want to have another one resting on our bedside table?
You can keep your guns, but do you have to take away our schoolyards? This morning, a shooter was reported at an elementary in Georgia. And now, there's one more strike in the column for schools being on, essentially, lock-down: sealed at every entrance.
Social media has gotten the credit -- and, in some quarters, the blame -- for inspiring social and political revolutions around the globe.
Newtown's decision to enter into a "quiet time," meaning the town will not host any more events by outside organizers, is understandable. The overwhelming onslaught of "experts" and goings-on left many feeling "enough is enough."
A few months ago, not long after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., I was at work when my phone rang. It was an automated message from the school that my two older sons attend. I was informed that there had been a shooting at another school a few blocks away.