Why we got involved
ProtectAllKids is committed to taking on the challenge to end bullying, active shooting incidents in our schools, promote safety, education, and end our nation’s tragedy of Veterans unemployment and suicides.
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, an average of 7,300 Military service members and Veterans commit suicide every year. Veteran suicide rates are still higher than the rest of the population, particularly among women. Also, statistics released by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security on K-12 school shooting stated that there were 97 schools shooting incidents in the US in 2018. So far in 2019, there have been 30 active school shooting incidents and more than 1,300 school shooting incidents since 1970.
Often, students take in fatal shots to give their classmates a chance to save themselves – a move usually applauded as an act of heroism. However, this unfair expectation and sacrificial gesture depict a growing pressure that American school kids feel to neutralize threats at their place of study. This feeling of imminent danger and the urge to fight back stems from the run, hide, fight, response protocol taught during active shooter drills by many schools. This training encourages those in the path of an active shooter to attack the armed invader as a last resort.
Our children, our teachers, our little brothers, and sisters shouldn’t have to worry about losing their lives to an active shooter. Our families do not deserve to suffer the physical, physiological, and psychological impact of a combative learning environment. Thus, our organization accepted the challenge to end school shooting incidents in our schools, promote safety, education, and reduce the number of Veteran unemployment and suicides.