This Week in School and Campus Safety

Good morning,

When I began drafting this Weekly Update email on Monday, things were different. Although times were still stressful for people because of Covid, the situation in Ukraine, Monkeypox, formula shortages, you name it, there were 21 people who were still alive. There was a community that hadn't yet been devastated by brutal, unnecessary violence. And there was a nation that hadn't started morning over more senseless deaths at a location meant to help children grow and thrive.

Children shouldn't have to be scared to go to school. Parents shouldn't have to worry when sending their kids out the door each day that it could be the last time they see them. Educators should be able educate without having to worry about defending their students from active shooters. But, unfortunately, that isn't the world we live in right now.

It is with heavy hearts and minds aimed at helping prevent another tragedy, this Weekly Update by the Illinois School and Campus Safety Program links to the See Something, Say Something Campaign; shares information on Safe2Help IL; links to an article on paying attention to both the left and right of bang; and shares the FBI report on active shooter events in 2021.


Laura Black
Program Coordinator
Illinois School and Campus Safety Program
If You See Something, Say Something

"'If You See Something, Say Something®' is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement."

To learn more about the campaign, click here.
Safe2Help Illinois

"In the absence of a trusted adult, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way in which to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to school safety. This program is not intended to suspend, expel, or punish students. Rather, the goal is to get students to 'Seek Help Before Harm.'”

"Safe2Help Illinois is a 24/7 program where students can use a free app, text/phone, website ( and other social media platforms to report school safety issues in a confidential environment. Once vetted, the tips will immediately be shared with local school officials, mental health professionals and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip. The program also will help local officials by connecting them with mental health resources or other appropriate resources to intervene and help students before they harm themselves or others."

To learn more about Safe2Help IL, click here.
Paying Attention to Both the Left and the Right of Bang

(This article was originally published in February 2019 and has been updated with current links)

This article addresses the importance of proactive and reactive measures when planning for possible active threat events. To read the article, click here.
FBI Releases Report on Active Shooter Events in US in 2021

On May 23rd the FBI released the report Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2021. The report considers 61 shootings to be active shooter incidents in 2021. According to the report, "The number of active shooter incidents identified in 2021 represents a 52.5% increase from 2020 and a 96.8% increase from 2017." Of the 61 incidents, two occurred at education locations and resulted in 4 deaths and ten people being wounded.
There is Still Time to Register! Preparing for the Unimaginable: An In-Depth Look at Wellness, Trauma Recovery, and Resilience on June 8th via Zoom

There is still time to register for the Preparing for the Unimaginable: An In-Depth Look at Wellness, Trauma Recovery, and Resilience class on June 8th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom. This class is for both K-12 schools and Institutions of Higher Education, as well as law enforcement and other school and campus safety stakeholders. Professional development hours will be available for K-12 educators seeking them from Regional Office of Education 35. For more information and to register, click here.
Illinois School and Campus Safety Program