Our co-founder, Lori Alhadeff, was recently a featured guest on Crime Time with Dr. Debbie, a weekly radio show airing every Wednesday on Miami’s 880 The Biz.
Crime Time is an educational and entertaining podcast on crime in communities that offers strategies to change moving forward through conversation with subject matter experts.
Lori joined Debbie to talk about many topics related to school safety.
They talked about Lori’s journey from the day of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas to the recent victory for Alyssa’s Law in Florida, some projects that are most important to her, as well as Lori’s take on the upcoming school year.
As Lori invited listeners into her personal story of grief and triumph, she gave better insight into what really pushed her to become an activist for school safety reform.
“I realized soon after the tragedy that in order for me to make change I needed to have a seat at the table,” Lori admitted candidly.
This revelation was a major catalyst in her decision to create Make Our Schools Safe. It also impacted her decision to run for the school board. After she won district 4, Lori’s vision to be at the forefront of much needed changes to school safety protocols became a reality.
One tool that has helped Marjory Stoneman Douglas and other Broward County schools take significant steps forward in safety efforts has been the SaferWatch app.
“I’ve been a strong advocate for the SaferWatch app within our district,” Lori explained.
The app allows students to report any suspicious activity directly to administrators and law enforcement. It takes a proactive approach to prevent tragedy from taking place.
As a school safety expert, Lori also spoke about the current climate as schools prepare to open in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I think that everyone is very anxious to know what the start of next school year is going to look like,” she said.
Broward County has already elected to begin the school year in a full e-learning environment, which Lori admits is not ideal, but the safest option currently available.
Join Lori on this riveting conversation that touches on the past, present and future of school safety and what role Make Our Schools Safe will play. You can support Make Our Schools Safe today. Donate to help us pass Alyssa’s Law nationwide!