In this edition of What The Community Has To Say, Dr. Nick Brake talks about security measures already in place at Owensboro Public Schools, ensuring students safety. This segment aired on Tuesday, February 27th.
Far too often, parents and children across the country turn on the television to see yet another tragedy involving a school and think to themselves, “I hope this never happens to us.”
Unfortunately, these incidents are hitting closer to home leading many to wonder what they can do to help.
Owensboro Public Schools is fully committed to ensuring that our schools are one of the safest places in our community. No child should have to go to school in fear, and every parent should have a reasonable expectation that their child will come home at the end of the day.
For years, our school district and the Owensboro Police Department have worked to ensure that our schools are safe: we have a full-time school resource officer and several other officers make regular walkthroughs at our schools each week.
Our schools regularly perform drills to ensure that our faculty, staff and students know what to do in the event of an incident. Our school doors are locked during the day, with a school staff person who visually identifies every visitor before they are admitted to the building.
While policy and legislation are at the mercy of our elected officials, there are also a variety of things parents and children can do at home to protect themselves and others.
First, parents and children need to have an age-appropriate conversations about what is going on in their lives. Sharing those thoughts and feelings with each other allows parents to stay in tune with their children’s day-to-day interactions.
Parents should also be aware of the content and messages their children are exposed to online, on television and on social media. This content could contain violent or threatening messages and it is important to discuss with your child what they are seeing and hearing. If the content contains a threatening message, it is important to share that with local law enforcement or school administrators.
Don’t ignore the warning signs. If your child exhibits behaviors related to threatening or dangerous activities that could cause harm to themselves or others, counselors are always on hand to talk with you. It is perfectly normal to talk about how you feel and there are people out there who deeply care about you.
One single person can’t solve this national crisis alone. We need our entire community to help us identify those who might threaten or bring harm to our students. Every student, parent, grandparent and community member must be a part of the solution. Together, we can be the change we hope to see in our world.
I’m Nick Brake, and that’s what I have to say.