A Call to Action From Our Communications Director
February 6, 2019 and July 2, 2020… two days in history that, to most, were probably inconsequential. To Lori Alhadeff and her non-profit organization, Make Our Schools Safe, though, these moments in time are historic. First in New Jersey and then in Florida, Alyssa’s Law is now a permanent testament to the passion and persistence displayed by Lori as she rallied for school safety in the form of silent panic buttons installed in all public schools throughout those states.
On February 14, 2018, we all learned how pivotal a role law enforcement response time can play in the event of an emergency situation on a school campus. So while the daily discourse in this country shifts between the latest Covid numbers and the impending U.S. Presidential election, Make Our Schools Safe continues the relevant conversation of school safety for every child and educator. At a time when many SRO officers are being removed from school campuses, the mission to empower students and staff to help create and maintain a culture of safety and vigilance in a secure school environment has never been more vital.
Because students and staff will eventually return to school, the passage of Alyssa’s Law in the remaining states is essential. While New York and Nebraska have each introduced pieces of legislation regarding silent panic buttons, we are hopeful that Federal Bills HR4604 and HR3665 will authorize passage of Alyssa’s Law throughout the entire country.
Hope is not enough, however, as we wait for Alyssa’s Law to help provide an added layer of security in schools. In fact, Make Our Schools Safe welcomes YOUR help. What can YOU do? Wherever you are living, contact your local representative. He or she will be able to guide you in the right direction in order to advocate for Alyssa’s Law. Strength in numbers is not merely a catchphrase. The multitudes of concerned citizens who called local representatives in New Jersey and Florida were heard. There has never been a better time to do your part and listen to this CALL TO ACTION. After all, your VOICE is your POWER.
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