If You See Something, Say Something: Communication is key component to preventing gun violence

 “If you see something, say something” has been repeated daily to students since the day a weapon entered our school. 

As a student body, we failed to do that. We saw things and didn’t report them. Something could have happened, but it didn’t. That does not mean that we as students will not ever experience crisis again in our lives. It is sad that in a place of education and growth, we have to watch out for our livelihood, but now is the time to prevent a weapon from entering our school. 

For Cedar Falls High School, there are a couple of things we can do to prevent a crisis: 

Students should feel safe to talk to each other and to staff

In the moments of high school and change, it may not seem like everyone walking around in the hallways cares about you, but someone always does. Whether it be a teacher, classmate, counselor, principal or parent, SOMEONE is willing to listen or to talk. Don’t be afraid to speak up or ask for help. 

2. Enhance mutual trust and respect among students and school staff

One thing that all students can agree on why they go to school every day is to get an education. We sit in class and absorb information every day to make us better. Part of the mutual respect between staff and students is to have equal communication in times of crisis. More communication keeps rumors at bay. 

3. If you see something, say something 

Again, this is most important point of preventing a school-wide crisis. If you see something, say something. The greatest power that a school’s student body has is a voice to collectively say things. When it comes to safety or life-risking moments, do the right thing. 

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