Safe Schools For Alex

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Raised by 260 people in 10 months
Created March 16, 2018
Alex Schachter, 14, resided in Parkland, Florida for the last eight years. Alex was tragically killed during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. Alex was one of the first students to be killed when the shooter unlawfully entered the Freshman building armed with an AR-15 that he aimed through a window outside of his classroom, preying on the defenseless and senselessly taking Alex and his classmates away from their family and friends forever. He is survived by his heartbroken parents , three siblings, grandparents and countless cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

In an effort to protect all our children and teachers, the Safe Schools For Alex campaign will be used to support the efforts of a nationwide school safety commission spearheaded by Alex’s father, Max Schachter. Schachter convened the first commission meeting on Monday, March 5, 2018 in Parkland, Fl. Over 25 school safety experts from across the United States helped identify state of the art school safety guidelines and best practices including training methods that will enable the commission to develop a blueprint to make schools safe nationwide. Attending the meeting were Police Chiefs and Sheriffs from Los Angeles, Orange County, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, Indiana, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach County. In addition, seasoned school safety directors and subject matter experts rounded out the national field of officials attending and contributing to the forum. Of note, in attendance were representatives from the “safest school in America”, which is located in Shelbyville, Indiana.

Some of the safety features and best practices discussed included a secure network that is connected to an emergency 911 call center and teachers wearing a fob that can immediately alert that call center. The police call center will then have the ability to lock all ballistic hardened and bullet proof classroom doors and have the ability to locate the attacker and hinder their ability to see and harm students. Teachers are able to communicate with authorities in order to protect their students and each classroom has a designated safe space. “All school safety systems should allow teachers to teach and students to learn, so they do not have to worry about being shot in their classrooms,” says Schachter.

The commission’s blueprint will include multiple layers of security, crime prevention through environmental design, active intelligence, command/control/coordination with a single entity and local law enforcement. It will also recommend having a School Resource Officer or School Policing program that is based on a data driven, community policing approach.
“There are simple strategies and processes that can be implemented right now to make our schools safe. For instance, if Marjory Stoneman Douglas would have had bullet proof glass windows in all classroom doors, Alex Schachter and many other victims would still be alive today, says Schachter.”
Once the commission’s blueprint is created, Safe Schools for Alex will issue grants to schools across the country to assist them in hardening their structures so they can better protect themselves from these horrible tragedies in the future.

Please help keep Alex’s spirit alive by keeping future generations of children safe at school. This page has been set up by the family of Alex Schachter in Parkland, Florida. Thank you all for your support and generosity.
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Update 4
Posted by Max Schachter
3 months ago

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) led his Senate and House colleagues in urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and members of the Federal Commission on School Safety, to include in their final recommendation the creation of a central authority to help school districts seeking to improve safety features within new and existing schools. The letter urges DeVos “to ensure tight coordination and collaboration of effort among all federal agencies that are working on different aspects of school safety in order to eliminate duplication, redundancy, and waste of valuable resources.” The Commission, led by Secretary DeVos, also includes Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.

Rubio worked closely with Max Schachter – father of Parkland shooting victim, Alex Schachter, and CEO and founder of Safe Schools for Alex – who also testified before the Federal Commission on School Safety on the importance of ensuring our children are safe at school.

Joining Rubio was Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), as well as U.S. Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Al Lawson (D-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Dennis Ross (R-FL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), John Rutherford (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Rod Blum (R-IA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Steve Knight (R-CA), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Neal Dunn (R-FL), Tom Rooney (R-FL), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Keith Rothfus (R-PA).
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Update 3
Posted by Max Schachter
3 months ago
Update on School Safety:

Ever since Alex passed away I have been focused on making schools safer for all children. In my attempt to make Marjory Stoneman Douglas safe I sought out the best practices for school safety. When I came to the depressing realization that there were none I formed SafeSchoolsForAlex.org and set out an a mission to create them myself. The United States created fire codes to protect all buildings and it has worked. No child has died in a school fire in 60 years.

As I have traveled the country these last several months I have realized that in pockets of the United States school districts are doing great things to safeguard their campus’s and protect their children and teachers. Unfortunately those great systems, procedures, and technologies have not spread to the rest of the country. Every time I learn about an amazing program it makes me more convinced that if we can produce school safety best practices we will be able to give guidance to schools nationwide to protect all children. It has been 19 years since columbine and nothing has changed. I will do everything I can to make sure things are different after Alex and 16 other beautiful souls were murdered in Parkland, Fl February 14, 2018.

After the Parkland shooting I was tasked with vetting all the companies that wanted to donate their products and services into Marjory Stoneman Douglas. After the Santa Fe High School shooting their school district formed a safety committee and asked all the members of that committee to go on Google to develop their ideas on how to make their school safe. This is the reason we need to create a clearing house / repository of best practices, so schools know where to obtain the best and most cost-effective methods to protect themselves. Schools should not have to go on Google to find out how to make their school safe, ask the father of one of the shooting victims to become a door and ballistics expert, or a mother who has no prior knowledge of school safety to become a metal detector expert. The expertise is in the federal government and law enforcement. The Department of Homeland Security has done a great job securing our airports and our federal buildings. i have asked all the federal agencies and law enforcement to help create school safety best practices and the have all committed to doing so.

My efforts currently are to get Betsy DeVos’s Federal Commission on School Safety to recommend:

1. The creation of an entity that will house and create National School Safety Best Practices.

2. A central authority be appointed to ensure the 5 federal agencies (DOE, DOJ, DHS, FBI, USSS) working on school safety collaborate and coordinate their efforts. Currently they are working in their silos and not working together.

I am pushing both of these issues by constantly communicating with Congress, The Department of Homeland Security, The Department of Justice, The Department of Education, and the White House. In all my conversations with these entities I feel we are making progress. Hopefully we will have good news soon.

Thank you so much for all of your continued support!

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Update 2
Posted by Max Schachter
6 months ago
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your donation and all your support. During Alex’s eulogy I talked about how Chicago was Alex’s favorite band and 25 or 6 to 4 is Alex’s favorite song. Chicago found out and gave me free tickets to their July 20 concert at the Coral sky amphitheater in Palm Beach. Let me know if you’re interested in joining a large group of us by emailing me at Max@alexschachter.org I have enough tickets for the first 100 people that respond.
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Update 1
Posted by Max Schachter
7 months ago
CONTACT: Beth Feldman 917-797-8054

Safe Schools for Alex Forms Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Task Force

Parkland, FL – Today, Safe Schools for Alex announced the formation of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Task Force, with members specializing in school safety and education. Its focus will be on implementing school infrastructure hardening
improvements as rapidly as possible. Safe Schools for Alex is the organization formed by Max Schachter, father of Alex Schachter, who was murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, to advocate for school safety improvements

“I want our students, teachers and families to know that there are real and substantial steps being taken to make our schools safer,” explained Mr. Schachter. The task force will begin by analyzing school vulnerabilities and potential solutions and implementing consensus driven, “low hanging fruit” as soon as possible.

Safe Schools for Alex Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Task Force will be chaired by Mr. Schachter, with permanent members including:

• Bo Landy, Founder and Executive Director of SOS Parkland
• April Schentrup, elementary school principal and mother of Carmen, one of the 17 victims of the MSD Shooting
• Noel Glacer, SOS Board Member and security industry professional
• Andrew Weinstein, Managing Partner in the Weinstein Law Firm
• Major Nathan Osgood, Broward Sheriff’s Office Command overseeing Parkland
• Denise Reed, Assistant Principal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
• Robert C. Hutchinson, Chief of the Broward County School Board Special Investigative Unit

Additional task force participants include:
• Robert DePriest, Active Shooter Program Manager, FBI
• Matt Frost, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Protective Security Advisor
• Gary Warren, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Protective Security Advisor
• Representatives of local police and fire agencies, student, teacher and principal representatives, Broward County Public Schools district employees from facilities, mental health and disciplinary areas

“Our goal is to move forward with lessons we have already learned and make recommendations to the district staff” explained Mr. Schachter. The task force will be vetting viable product solutions to make our schools safe while taking into account the views of, and impact on, our students, teachers, administrators, and parents.”

In March, Safe Schools for Alex brought together nationally-renowned school safety experts to help identify state-of-the-art school safety guidelines and best practices, including training methods, to craft a blueprint to make schools safe nationwide. Then in April, Safe Schools for Alex brought together local and state leaders to visit a high school in Indiana reported as the “safest school in America”. “There are some strategies and processes that can be implemented right now to make our schools safer” said April Schentrup.

Mr. Schachter explained, “Safe Schools for Alex is working hand-in-hand with SOS Parkland to achieve our common goal of making schools safer for all students. We will initially focus on Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the other schools located in Parkland, and then seek to secure all of the schools in Broward County.” This collaborative effort aims to build a security “blueprint” via the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Task Force and raise the funds needed to implement this locally via SOS Parkland and Safe Schools for Alex.

For more information on Safe Schools for Alex, www.safeschoolsforalex.org
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