Don Shomette

People are the Prize

Every Student Must Have One…

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Ask your students to answer this one question.

Which adult in the school, if any, would you go to if you were afraid and needed help?

This exercise doesn’t have to be fancy. Just their name and answer on a sheet of paper. Collect them up when finished and compile the data. You could also ask the older grades to explain why they chose this adult. (Imagine the fantastic professional development training you could create from this information).

In 75% of the school attacks, at least one student has known about it prior to the attack BUT didn’t come forward. We don’t know the exact reason why they didn’t come forward, but it cannot be because they didn’t have an adult they trusted. Every student must have at least one adult in the building that they can go to if they are afraid and need help. The only way to be certain is to ask. Take the five minutes and find out. This is too important not to know and to leave uncorrected.

Author: Don Shomette

Don Shomette is a trainer, speaker, consultant, and owner of People are the Prize, a violence prevention company that helps people to prevent and survive a school attack. He has spent a lifetime working with police officers and principals and is consistently evaluated by those who attend his trainings as one of the best instructors ever. Don challenges, entertains, and helps school personnel to think of preventing violence in a new and positive way.

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