OUR SCHOOLSAbuse Prevention Plan
Confidence and Courage are Contagious
OUR SCHOOLS – VISION and MISSION
OUR VISION – WHY
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
OUR MISSION – WHAT
Create a culture of confidence – of caring for ourselves and one another so abuse has no place, and in so doing, develop a strong mental fortitude to cope with difficulties which inevitably challenge each of us.
Personally prevent and overcome physical, verbal, mental, and sexual abuse.
Including: exploitation, objectification, oppression, suicide, school shootings and human trafficking – purposeful injury of any kind.
OUR STEWARDSHIP – WHO
Care for ourselves, add our friends, and include our enemies.
Rise above abuse so it won’t harm me, and unify so it won’t harm you either.
Perpetrators of violence hate themselves and the world. The simplest way to personally prevent abuse, is don’t be the abuser – love yourself and the world around you.
OUR LOCATION – WHERE
Expand the vision to any school who will share the same mission.
OUR TIMING – WHEN
OUR METHOD – HOW
Be aware of ourselves – our thoughts and emotions to prevent abusing ourselves or others, and aware of our surroundings so we are not abused or otherwise exploited. It is impractical to think all abuse can be prevented but we can care enough to reduce the risk, and give relief and comfort to those people who it does happen to.
CAME TO BE
My family had been discussing how we can support OPERATION UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. OPERATION UNDERGROUND RAILROAD rescues and provides aftercare for human traffic victims (slaves) from all around the world. Most rescue cases are child sex slaves. Other than sending money, our family didn’t know how we could help. This cruelty also led us to think about school shootings. My dad made the comment, “The simplest way to personally prevent a school shooting is don’t be the killer.” Meaning, do what we can control.
We don’t want violence or abuse of any kind to happen to me, my friends, or even my worst enemy. This includes: physical, verbal, mental, and sexual abuse, exploitation, objectification, oppression, suicide, school shootings, and human trafficking – purposeful injury of any kind. The topic of abuse is uncomfortable, but it can only be eliminated when we tell the truth and call it what it is – acts or neglect done in order to feel superior to someone in some way.
We want to do something useful and practical. We don’t think walkouts are useful or lasting, and petitioning politicians to make more laws seems ineffective because criminals have no regard for the law anyway. Asking for more laws also ignores our individual responsibility and gives away our individual power. Others have tried this and it seems to create more division and contention in our society. We hope individuals will take care good of themselves and then each other, which will unify our school communities. This is the reason for the name: OUR SCHOOLS. We want to focus on what we have in common and what each of us can control. Abuse affects us all, and we all can help prevent it.
We Broke It Down
How do we learn to love ourselves and others?
How do we find purpose and live a meaningful life?
How do we gain confidence and trust in ourselves?
How do we develop habits and skills?
How do we create systems – such small steps where we can’t possibly fail?
Choices support and connect it all.
Principles and Actions
We asked ourselves: What is true and what can we do? That’s when it came to us, the two simple things we can control. Be aware of ourselves – our thoughts and emotions to prevent abusing ourselves or others, and aware of our surroundings so we are not abused or otherwise exploited. It is impractical to think all abuse can be prevented but we can care enough to reduce the risk, and give relief and comfort to those people who it does happen to. AWARE and CARE seems to be a fitting theme. Preventing needless suffering will begin to give purpose and meaning to our lives. If students are individuals of great value and character, who are confident and strong, these terrible things can be prevented.
The following plan consists of principles we consider self-evident truths and sustainable actions we all can do. We hope this will create a culture and a vision where we all can find a place to be involved and participate.
Dedicated to my Grandma Kaye.
I never knew you, but your life and what you taught continues to shape our family and OUR SCHOOLS.