Does it feel like you're going around in circles, tired of hearing about school violence, but not seeing any real change? If so, you're not alone.
In this episode, you'll learn how to promote school safety through effective advocacy and action, so you can start to make a difference.
You'll be able to:
Discover practical steps to tackle school violence effectively.
Realize the significance of mental health support in educational environments.
Comprehend the implications of gun control policy changes on community safety.
Uncover the importance of participating in local elections for meaningful change.
Learn how to support victims and families affected by gun violence compassionately.
Caitlin and Jenny are passionate advocates for school safety, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience to the show. With backgrounds in education and a deep understanding of the issues surrounding school violence, they dedicate time and efforts to help parents take practical action steps to promote safer environments for their children.
There's too much that will make you upset not to start taking action. - Caitlin
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Taking Action After a School Shooting
Responding to a school shooting can feel overwhelming and leave many wondering what they can do to help. It's crucial to move beyond just sharing thoughts and prayers on social media and take concrete steps toward making a difference. These steps can include
contacting local legislators,
supporting policies that promote school safety, and
educating oneself about the issue.
By seeking practical ways to take action, individuals can contribute to efforts aimed at reducing future acts of violence in schools.
In their conversation on the podcast, Caitlin and Jenny explore various approaches to taking initiative and emphasize the need for tangible actions in our communities. Caitlin offers valuable advice on how to engage with local legislators by using resources like YouLobby.com and Everytown, which provide templates for contacting officials. She explains the importance of making a phone call in addition to sending an email or letter, as the latter can often get lost in the shuffle. Caitlin adds that voting in local elections is essential, as local government decisions have a direct impact on our communities. Through actionable steps, as discussed by Caitlin and Jenny, individuals can help drive meaningful change in the wake of a school shooting.
Contact local legislators about gun control and mental health resources in schools and communities.
Support victims and their families through financial donations or other means they request, such as fundraisers or GoFundMe pages.
Educate yourself on the issue of gun violence, its impact on different demographics, and the signs of potential gun violence.
Advocate for policy changes, such as registering to vote, supporting background checks on gun sales, and mandatory policies on safe gun storage.
Support extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) to empower family members and law enforcement to prevent gun violence and gun-related suicides.
Advocate for Alyssa's Law, which requires the installation of silent panic alarms in schools that are directly linked to law enforcement.
Individuals can also contribute to combatting school violence by supporting organizations that are actively working towards solutions. These organizations include Everytown, Protect Our Schools, Sandy Hook Promise, Make Our Schools Safe, and March for Our Lives. By donating time, resources, or funds to these groups, individuals can join the collective effort to make schools safer and unite in the mission to reduce school violence.
During their conversation, Caitlin Kindred and Jenny GK emphasize the importance of supporting organizations that are dedicated to addressing the issue of school safety. They encourage listeners to contribute to organizations working on school safety initiatives and to participate in their campaigns, whether it's through donating, volunteering, or raising awareness.
By coming together to support these valuable organizations, the community can amplify its impact and make strides toward creating safer schools for all.