I was driving in my car listening to talk radio when a caller suggested that each classroom have a throw out ladder, so in the event of an emergency the children could climb down the ladder and escape.
However, this call got me thinking about the procedures and policies that are in place in our schools today. I will never forget how the radio host belittled this gentleman by saying “that is the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard.”
I remember telling myself how stupid it is to sit and wait for first responders. Although heroic and helpful, they are implemented in the aftermath of such an immediate tragedy. There has to be a better way. And the idea for Slide to Safety was born.