June 13, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 98 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
TRIBUTE TO ANAHEIM UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 98
(Extensions of Remarks - June 13, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E832] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRIBUTE TO ANAHEIM UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT ______ HON. J. LUIS CORREA of california in the house of representatives Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Mr. CORREA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the notable contributions and meaningful progress made by the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) to protect its 30,000 students by taking unprecedented actions to implement school safety measures, including the installation of a pioneering digital mapping system at my alma mater, Anaheim High School. This technology can potentially save the lives of teachers, students and first responders, especially critical in a time when hundreds of students have been victims of gun violence in more than 200 school shootings In 2018 alone, there have been 20 incidents in which someone was injured with in firearm on the campus of an U.S. school. More than 214,000 students have experienced gun violence at 216 schools since Columbine. The Washington Post found that at least 141 children, educators and other individuals have been killed in assaults, and another 284 have been injured. Anaheim High is the first school in the nation to be digitally mapped using technology developed by former law enforcement officer, David Sobel, whose wife and mother are both public school teachers. This new technology will provide up-to-date floor plans, aerial maps and site plans virtually to responders within minutes of an emergency. Through the use of 15,000, 360-degree high resolution photos, the digital map will provide first responders with important details such as potential hiding places, what furniture or other materials could be used as a barricade, and even what kinds of locks and hinges are on the doors. What's more, the AUHSD is actively embracing its philosophy that ``school safety means physical, intellectual and emotional safety'' by enacting mental health initiatives to create positive school climates that promote kindness and compassion. A dedicated team of social workers provide intensive mental health and crisis intervention services and they work with numerous community partners to raise awareness about adverse childhood experiences (or trauma), and to identify mental health issues at early stages and develop coping skills. In addition, the AUHSD is to be commended for its establishment of Southern California's first high school Cybersecurity Pathway through collaborations with the business and education community. Also notable is the District's creation of an Offensive Security Society and the formation of high school chapters to teach students how to ethically and proactively discover weaknesses in technology systems and to make corrections before the weaknesses elevate to crisis level. Mr. Speaker, I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the Anaheim Union High School District for its leadership in addressing the critical issue of how to keep our students safe through a multi-faceted approach that employs pioneering technology and lessons in kindness and compassion. ____________________