By now – on Day 4 – those of you following along can see that we have set the bar very, very high. The life of a child is priceless. There is not a parent in this country who followed the news in the days after December 14, 2012 who isn’t concerned about another such tragedy again.
I doubt there is a single one of us who hasn’t closed our eyes, even for just a moment, and felt the hurt that is sweeping these children’s parents. I am both wrought by the magnitude of this loss and fully committed to taking action now. America has to do better. As outlined in our Act #3, our mission is clear. It is specific. It is focused. And it will be achieved.
Our Mission: To prevent targeted violence in our schools.
Today, as Act #4, we start to define our strategic approach at a high level, the methodology that we will apply to achieve this mission. Our approach will be flexible and adaptive. It will allow us to take advantage of our strengths – and those of our developing partnerships – and the ability to leverage individual initiative, a prevention-oriented methodology, the changing landscape, opportunities and innovation. Reflecting the unique strength and capabilities of our current team as well as new members in the months ahead, our strategic approach – which we will outline here over the next several Acts – will integrate the following components:
- Services and Support Levels
- People and Partnerships
- Funding and Resources
- National Policy
- Technology and Social Media
- Research and Education