FORT MYERS, Fla.-- Lee County School District leaders took a proactive step Thursday to keep kids safe. They held a safety training class focused on response procedures in case something like an active-shooter situation does happen.
Founder of the 'I Love You Guys' Foundation John Keyes tours the country to spark a conversation some people don’t always want to think about–– what to do during a school shooting.
"If something happens at the school how are we going to bring students and parents back together," said Keyes.
Keyes realized the need for a program like his after going through every parents worst nightmare. In 2006, a school shooter killed his daughter, Emily. In a final text to her dad, she sent those four special words.
“Based on that text message we started the 'I Love You Foundation and really Emily gave us a voice in this.”
His Standard Response Protocol is based on five parts: lockout, lock-down, evacuate, shelter, and hold. The forty-five school leaders who attended, ranging from school resource officers to principals, will become instructors who help teach the program. Overall, Keyes says changing communication across the board is key.
“We hear it all the time, code red, code blue whatever, in reality, let’s say what it is. Perform the action.”
Keyes believes poor communication played a key part in past school shootings such as Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Rick Parfitt, the Lee County Director of Safety and Security, hopes adding bio-directional antennas to schools will help close that gap.
“Adding the BDA’s to our buildings over the next several years will add that ability for law enforcement, ems, and fire service to be able to to be able to communicate more easily with each other and their dispatch.”