KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — A nightmare of a scenario that is seemingly becoming more realistic is the idea that someone can walk into a school and do life-altering (and life-ending) harm to staff and students.
John-Michael Keys lost his daughter in 2006 when a gunman took a handful of all-female students hostage at Platte High School in Bailey, Colorado.
The gunman killed one person: Keye’s daughter, Emily. The gunman then killed himself. Moments before Emily was shot, Emily sent a text message to her parents. The message read: “I love you guys.”
It’s that shooting, that gesture of terror and that last message from Emily that prompted Keyes to start the I Love You Guys Foundation, a non-profit that helps school districts, and their staff and students better prepare themselves for if and when someone tries to do the no-longer-unthinkable.
That all started in 2006.
In 2013, in Wimberly, Texas, a domestic dispute happened between the junior high and high school. No students were hurt, but the schools did go on lockdown for a moment. After that, the school district and board members learned they were less-than-idealy prepared for something worse. So, the school district there and in Hays County started working with I Love You Guys.
Fast forward to 2019, and I Love You Guys debuted a new, easy to understand video series that will help teachers and kids stay prepared for if and when a nightmare turns into a reality.
The video can be viewed online at HaysCountySRP.com.
At the debut, John-Michahel Keyes stated that in all his travels, communication was lacking between students, teachers and parents in addressing school safety.
“But if a the end of the day, all we did was garner the conversation, it’s still mission accomplished,” he said.