Category Archive: Reflections – Personal and Societal

Educators, parents and school safety consultants: Do you have life balance?

Posted by on May 26, 2014

“You must be very busy. How many days are you on the road each year?” I am asked this question following just about every conference presentation and at some point during most school safety consultations for local districts. Most people are surprised by my answer. I will share that answer with you very shortly. But […]

Thanksgiving prayers to those who protect children and schools

Posted by on November 28, 2013

I am blessed to be surrounded by wonderful family, friends and colleagues. They are my best supporters and as deserved at times, my best critics. Our school safety consulting team is comprised of school security and communication experts who are not only great, experienced professionals, but more importantly who are great parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, […]

Hallelujah (Chicago Musicians Care) – A Gift to Sandy Hook

Posted by on November 19, 2013

The one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings is only weeks away.  Many look for ways to offer their prayers and memorial gestures to those who lost their lives and to their families. I was blessed to have Kevin Tenbrunsel, the co-founder of the Chicago Musicians Care organization, reach out to share with me their […]

Seasons Greetings from National School Safety and Security Services

Posted by on December 26, 2012

A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year greeting to our friends, family, and colleagues who follow the School Security Blog. This holiday season is one I will never forget for reasons both bad and good. On the bad side, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings dominated the week prior to Christmas. I spent […]

Memorial Day reminds us of the value of ‘us’ and ‘we,’ not ‘I’

Posted by on May 28, 2012

Memorial Day celebrations should remind us of the value of “us” and “we,” not ‘I.” If you listen to our veterans who talk about fighting wars, reflect upon those who gave their lives in war, and express gratitude and pride for those who are actively serving in wars to keep our children and nation safe, […]

Easter Sunday reinforces value of faith, family and friends

Posted by on April 8, 2012

As we pass through yet another Easter Sunday, allow the reflections and prayers of the day to reinforce the value of faith, family and friends. They are essential for keeping all of us safe, secure and sound in our hearts, minds, bodies and communities. Peace be with you. Ken Trump Visit School Security Blog at: […]

What Christmas 2011 and school safety have in common

Posted by on December 26, 2011

What does school safety have in common with The Muppets, Pac Man, Space Invaders, Rock’em Sock’em Robots, and other Christmas 2011 sightings? Simple: What is old is new again. I was intrigued upon seeing the return of The Muppets in their latest movie.  Then came the plug-and-play Pac Man, Space Invaders, and other first generation video games Christmas presents. Next, […]

It’s Time to Rejuvenate School Safety, Security & Preparedness

Posted by on September 6, 2011

Overloaded.  Burned out.  Unemployed. Distracted. Disjointed. Stressed. These are just a few words describing what I see and hear more and more every day.  I find them among school staff, parents, neighbors, family, and about everywhere else life takes me each week. Uncertain Times Breed Stress and Anxiety  We live in a time of economic uncertainty, political […]

Why Disagreeing or Challenging an Idea is Not “Incivility”

Posted by on February 13, 2011

The latest politically-correct buzzword of the day, incivility, sounds good on the surface.  After all, who could be against a more “civil” society? The Resurrection of “Civility” and the Push for Kumbaya The problem is that the issue has been pushed to the forefront in a political context.  The buzz started with the Obama Administration […]