Hi! My name is Shelley McCullough, and before becoming a Lightspeed Safety Specialist, I was Deputy Sherriff for Tehama County, California, for 19 years. I also worked as a Domestic Violence advocate for a local non-profit and volunteer on the Tehama County Mental Health Board. As you can tell from my background, I’m all about helping people. That’s why I love working at Lightspeed.
The moment we identify a threat to a student—of violence, or of self-harm—we let the district and law enforcement know in real time that something needs to be acted upon. That saves lives.
Before I stated at Lightspeed, I did not realize that so many children want to hurt themselves at such a young age. This concerns me. Something needs to change: these children should be out riding their bikes or roller-skating, not looking up ways to hurt themselves on the internet. But if it takes us being here to help then I am in.
Just last week, I received an alert on a student writing a “good-bye” letter in a Google Doc. I followed the call-tree to reach district personnel, but since this situation was imminent, I called Law Enforcement. I teared up a little when I learned they were able to find the student and get him the help he needed. This was a tough one!
I would recommend Lightspeed to any district. The benefits of having someone monitor what these children are saying and searching on their computers is so important: if we can save any of these children from doing something awful, we need to do what it takes.
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