Topic: school safety

As A Resident Of Tornado Alley, I Think Tornado Safe Rooms In Schools Are A Great Idea

As A Resident Of Tornado Alley, I Think Tornado Safe Rooms In Schools Are A Great Idea

I’m sure being a new mother has an impact on my opinion. Before we had my daughter, my husband and I were more likely to go stand outside and stare at the sky in a storm than get our safety gear and flashlights together. Okay, we’re still likely to go stare at the storm, but only after we have our emergency stuff together and a clear path to the safest room in our apartment. More »

Oh The Ridiculousness: 5-Year-Old Suspended For ‘Terrorist Threat’ Involving Hello Kitty Bubble Gun

Oh The Ridiculousness: 5-Year-Old Suspended For 'Terrorist Threat' Involving Hello Kitty Bubble Gun

I realize that gun control and guns in school are an extremely touchy subject at the moment. I know that tension is still high and emotions are still heated after the national tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. But can we please take a step back and acknowledge the ridiculousness of a 5-year-old being suspended from school for threatening to shoot her classmates… with a bubble gun? More »

Apparently The NRA Wants Every Child In America To Be Protected By Armed Guards At All Times

Apparently The NRA Wants Every Child In America To Be Protected By Armed Guards At All Times

The NRA is continuing on their puzzling crusade to convince people that the solution to gun violence is having more guns, everywhere, at all times. To get their message out, the National Rifle Association crafted this commercial, aimed at fighting back against President Obama‘s rebuff of their idea to put armed security guards in every school in the country. More »

Missing 5-Year-Old Girl Is Thankfully Found, But How On Earth Was She Abducted From School Without Anyone Noticing?

Missing 5-Year-Old Girl Is Thankfully Found, But How On Earth Was She Abducted From School Without Anyone Noticing?

It is always nice to report a child abduction with a happy ending. It’s so rarely the case. We need to take a minute and appreciate that there was a mother out there, terrified and frantic and watching the world crash down around her, who now gets to tuck her baby into bed and kiss her on the forehead. That mother is Latifah Rashid and her five-year-old daughter is Nailla Robinson. More »

Backpacks Aren’t Enough, Newtown Tragedy Inspires Bullet-Proof Clothing For Kids

Backpacks Aren't Enough, Newtown Tragedy Inspires Bullet-Proof Clothing For Kids

Miguel Caballero has been manufacturing bullet-proof clothing for 22 years. He’s been working in Colombia, and trying to break into the American market. Now, the tragedy at Newtown has provided him an opportunity. Apparently responding to frequent requests from customers, Caballero has decided to create a line of bullet-proof clothing for children. Because that’s obviously what kids need to stay safe: kevlar. More »

I Would Homeschool My Daughter If We Lived In The Texas Town Allowing Teachers To Carry Concealed Weapons

I Would Homeschool My Daughter If We Lived In The Texas Town Allowing Teachers To Carry Concealed Weapons

In the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the entire country has gotten understandably concerned with school security. Plenty of parents are asking if armed guards can be placed at schools around the country. While I don’t think that’s the solution, I think it’s much more preferable to what’s going on in one small Texas town, where teachers are allowed to carry guns at school. More »

My Daughter’s Pre-K Already Has An Armed Police Officer & I Don’t Feel More Safe

My Daughter's Pre-K Already Has An Armed Police Officer & I Don't Feel More Safe

Reports are coming in that schools around the country are beefing up security in the wake of Friday’s tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. It’s a natural response to a horrible situation. We’re trying to protect our children from killers like Adam Lanza. Unfortunately, I don’t think that armed officers in schools do much more than assuage parents’ fears and turn our classrooms into military compounds. More »