President Barack H. Obama
January 16, 2013
"And so what we should be thinking about, is our responsibility to care for (children), and shield them from harm, and give them the tools they need to grow up, and do everything that they're capable of doing. This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change.
"…we must do something to protect our communities and our kids…We have to examine ourselves in our hearts, and ask yourselves what is important? This will not happen, unless the American people demand it. If parents and teachers, police officers, and pastors, if hunters and sportsman, if responsible gun owners, if
Americans of every background stand up and say, enough. We've suffered
too much pain, and care too much about our children to allow this to
continue, then change will -- change will come.
"Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will, comes an obligation to allow others to do the same. We don't live in isolation. We live in a society, a government for and by the people. We are responsible for each other.
" …when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now,
for Grace, for the 25 other innocent children and devoted educators who
had so much left to give; for the men and women in big cities and small
towns who fall victims to senseless violence each and every day; for all the Americans who are counting on us to keep them safe from harm.
"Let's do the right thing. Let's do the right thing for (our children) and for this country that we love so much."
- There have been 27 school shootings in the U.S. between 2000-2013, resulting in 57 deaths and 60 injuries, according to the FBI. (Preventing a Tragedy, reporter Kris Van Cleave, CBS Evening News, June 17, 2015)
- Given the tools, students can help prevent bullying, drugs and violence
from occurring in their school. A new web and text message base
called SchoolTipline allows students, parents and teachers to
anonymously report incidents to school administration. Administrators
are then able to find out about things early on—things that they would
probably never have been
first came up with the idea for the site a couple of years ago when his
younger sister had some friends who were being picked on, but they were
too afraid to tell anyone because of all the negative peer pressure.
“There's a code of silence,
so students typically don't want to talk about these things. They
always know what's going on in their school, but are either too fearful
or don't have an outlet to report it.”
Help students make their school safer.
to learn how to register your school and request to join School Tipline, and then share this with school administrators.