PREVIEW FROM PUBLISHER:
Schools are usually very safe places. They teach children about learning through subjects such as math, music, and reading. Schools are places to learn and have fun. Schools are also places to learn table manners. But sometimes schools are not safe. Sometimes a disturbed person may enter a school with the idea of hurting people. Somehow hurting other people makes this disturbed person feel better inside. It is very hard for most adults and students to understand this. Sadly, this type of misguided, violent behavior can occur in the world we live in today. If you see someone in the hallway that you feel does not belong at your school, quickly go tell a teacher or any trusted adult. If an unsafe person enters a school, schools go into a lockdown mode to protect the students. Teachers will lock the doors and direct all students to sit in the safest place in their classrooms. Students must be extra quiet during a lockdown.
Often times, another student may know about this retaliation plan before it happens. It is very important for students to work to keep their own schools safe. If you ever hear that anyone will be bringing a gun to school, or that they want to harm others, tell a parent, teacher, or call 911 right away. This will keep your school safer than if you do not tell anyone. Telling an adult is always the right thing to do in this situation.
Reporting possible harm does not make you a tattletale, it makes you a hero. You have the power to make your school safer. When you report that a student is planning to harm others, you can save lives.
Schools are safe, wonderful places to learn and grow. It takes a community of safety educated students to help keep schools safe. Thank you for doing your part to make your school even safer than it was before!