It has been over 20 years since the tragic events at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, where 12 students and one teacher lost their lives. Former principal Frank DeAngelis has dedicated his life to raising awareness about school safety and sharing his story. He believes that Columbine was a turning point in the ongoing issue of school massacres, as it was the first to receive extensive media coverage. Since then, protocols and technology have been implemented to improve response plans and engage law enforcement immediately. DeAngelis emphasizes the importance of discussing and practicing safety measures in schools, as it creates awareness and saves lives. He also highlights the need for collaboration among various entities, such as law enforcement, firefighters, school officials, parent groups, and mental health professionals, to protect our children. DeAngelis has recently released a book titled “They Call Me Mr. De,” with proceeds going towards the Columbine Memorial, Frank DeAngelis Academic Fund, and Frank DeAngelis Center for Community Safety.
Learn more about his story at Guard911.