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Safer Schools First is a non-profit group working with law enforcement, elected officials, educators, community leaders and concerned parents to find common sense approaches to protect our children from tragedies such as Columbine, Chardon and Sandy Hook from ever happening again. We are moms and dads who refuse to believe that school shootings are simply horrific events that take place in a free society. By working together, we can find ways to make it harder for violent individuals to get to our children – giving law enforcement the opportunity to preempt these incidents before harm can come to our kids.

Safer Schools First has no political agenda and is strictly a non-partisan organization willing to work with all members of the human family determined to prevent any recurrence of the nightmare that took place on December 14, 2012.Flowers and gifts sit along the Chardon High School sign along with a message of thought and prayer in Chardon

The Safer Schools First concept is the brainchild of Chicago attorney, physician and parent Robert Bernat. Still distraught over the tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut, Bernat wrote an opinion editorial that has served as a wake-up call on how our society should prioritize the steps necessary to make schools safer. Since then, Robert has been spearheading the effort by galvanizing law enforcement leaders, parents and elected officials in Washington and back in his home state capital of Springfield, Illinois. We hope you will join Robert in prioritizing – Kids before politics – and support the efforts of Safer Schools First.

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