Strategies to Improve School Safety
2. Impose stricter gun control laws. 60-80% of homicides in America occur by firearms. Parents who have guns should be responsible in keeping them in safe, out-of-sight, uninformed locations so children are unaware and unable to access them.
3. Schools should evaluate their protocol for regularly reviewing a child’s academic and behavioral progress in school. This will best prevent a child from “slipping through the cracks” and will allow for a better identification of any early warning signs for indifferent or erratic behavior. At our school, we have a weekly “HANDS UP” meeting where we go through every child and address specific concerns, interventions that will be imparted and subsequent follow-up procedures.
4. Focus on a community-based approach so the child is aware that the parents and teachers are in active communication. The fact that unresolved mental disturbances of one individual manifested into a catastrophic outcome affecting the lives of so many signifies why it is important for ALL parents and educators to truly care about a child and provide a foundation of support, love, hope and encouragement throughout their life.
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Douglas Haddad, is a clinical nutritionist, full-time public school teacher in Connecticut and the author of parenting/child guidance book Save Your Kids…Now! The Revolutionary Guide To Helping Youth Conquer Today’s Challenges and co-author of Top Ten Tips For Tip Top Shape: Super Health Programs For All Professional Fields.
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