By Marcy Mistrett, CFYJ CEO
The end of summer has arrived. Children across the country will officially be back in school this week. Families have been busy getting ready—new shoes, uniforms, school supplies and bus passes. Children anticipate meeting a new teacher, seeing friends they missed over the summer, and routine schedules.
However, in far too many places, school leaders are struggling with inadequate budgets and public pressure to keep schools safe. Too often, these responses rely on increasing the presence of law enforcement officers, or in some cases, allowing teachers and administrators to carry weapons in school. Despite there being too many multi-victim school shootings in the U.S., schools remain amongst the safest places for children to be.