Entries by Michele Gay

2/24/15 Trending Tools and Technology in School Safety, Kevin Quinn

In my roles as a School Resource Officer and within several school safety organizations, I have the benefit of learning about many of the latest tools and technology in school safety. That said, I’m often asked for help sifting through all of them. My advice to those inquiring usually starts like this… Don’t start shopping […]

December 14, 2014 by Michele Gay, Co-Founder Safe and Sound

Almost two years have passed now since the morning I packed up my three daughters and sent them off for another day of school in Newtown, Connecticut. Only two were returned to me at the end of that day, December 14, 2012. My youngest daughter, Josephine, was killed in her first grade classroom only moments […]

Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for the Caregiver by Drs. Stephen E. Brock & Melissa A. Reeves Early in our careers as school psychologists, we learned quickly that helping children cope with crisis events was hard work. While at times rewarding, the powerful emotions associated with traumatic circumstances took their toll. We often found ourselves experiencing some of the […]

When Tragedy Strikes at School: Lessons Learned

When Tragedy Strikes at School: Lessons Learned Jim Witt, Superintendent of Lake Local Schools, Millbury, Ohio On June 5, 2010, at approximately 11:30 PM, a level E-F 4 tornado roared through the Toledo, area, causing death and destruction in several outlying suburbs. Our community, eight miles east of Toledo, was particularly hard-hit, with eight resulting […]

In Love and Support

We send our unconditional love and support to the families, friends, and school community of Marysville, Washington.  We are with you. The Parker and Gay Families

School Safety Lessons Learned: From Cleveland to Newtown

  I dealt with school violence before it was front-page news. To me, any child killed anywhere, anytime, is a huge tragedy; but, decades ago, when children were killed in the inner city of Cleveland, you probably never heard about them. The Newtown shootings shocked this country like no other school violence. Working in school […]

Safety vs. Security: What’s the Difference?

Safety and Security. These two words get tossed around and together all the time. They are often used interchangeably. They are, of course, strongly related, but two distinct concepts nonetheless. In terms of our school communities, “safety” is a global term, used to describe our efforts to keep the school community and environment safe. Safety […]