Shane Gardner, manager of safety and security for Evergreen Public Schools delivered some thoughts that opened a few eyes during our July 14 meeting, at Round Table Pizza in Salmon Creek.
Gardner encourages practices of situational awareness - knowing what's going on around you - to remain safe while in public places.
"Ignorance is all about victimization," Gardner said. "Awareness feels more dangerous but is safer. Ignorance feels safer but is more dangerous."
Gardner shared that awareness is intentional and is about empowerment and control in a way that breeds confidence and creates time and distance.