Guest blog post by Lisa Barnett (@atomic_lisa), CEO of Atomic Learning and Versifit Technologies.
I’m a parent. As I’m sure any of you who also have children or grandchildren can relate, there is nothing in this world that matters more to me than my daughter.
So here’s something that causes a knot in my stomach.
Almost half1 of young adults are, or will be, the victim of a violent crime – half! Here’s another sobering stat (especially as the parent of a daughter) – every two minutes2, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
Final reality check – I know (because she tells me) that my daughter is surrounded by individuals who are using drugs every day. And even if she continues to make smart choices, she is still at risk of the behaviors that people in an altered state can exhibit.
So on the flip side of this, college and high school campuses are investing heavily in emergency blue lights, security officers, electronic locks, and more. In fact, by 2017, annual spending on school security systems is expected to reach $4.9 billion3. Clearly, our school leaders are taking this problem on full force and investing in ways to increase the safety of the school environment.
So where is the gap?