The aftermath of workplace violence on an American teacher and her family
Flo Rice is a teacher who was shot six times during the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas on May 18, 2018. Eight students and two of Flo's colleagues were murdered that horrific day. Flo was one of 13 others who were wounded.
If not for the quick actions of Flo's husband Scot who Flo called while lying on the ground mortally wounded, just a few feet away from where her fellow teacher Ann Perkins lay dead, Flo would have undoubtedly been the eleventh person lost.
Flo and Scot are friends who I admire. They work diligently to ensure no one experiences what Flo and her family have. They strive to raise awareness and to dispel myths that violence "can't happen here or to me" to prevent it from "happening here or to me." They have lobbied state and federal officials to enact violence prevention laws. They will soon be traveling to Washington to attend a White House event celebrating the passage of the "Bipartisan Safer Communities Act."
Flo and Scot believe as I do: That the best way to protect human life is to prevent the violence from ever occurring and that key to achieving this goal is awareness that perpetrators leak their violent intent beforehand. Flo and Scot share their personal stories here:
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, school shootings reached a 20-year-high in 2021.
Please read this WVPI blog written the day after another devastating Texas school shooting, this time at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, discussing the warning signs that as Scot opines in his video "we keep missing or ignoring." Click on the link here: