MESSAGE
FROM THE CEO

Paul Yowell

Chief Executive Officer

           We know our schools are not as safe as they should be. We also know communication technology exists to bridge that gap. We know because we at Lencomms built it, to keep our kids and your kids safe. All we need now is your help to put it to work in every school.

Some parents get involved with school. Some don’t. I was the type who dropped my kids off in the morning, picked them up at the end of the day, and hoped no one noticed I had ever been there. I never went to a PTA meeting or volunteered in a classroom. When my daughter was in kindergarten, she informed me that I needed to read a book to the class. It was her favorite book: The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak. And, let me tell you, that is not the book an introvert wants to read in front of a crowd. I was petrified.

 
But February 14th 2018 changed all that. It was the day of the Parkland shooting. As a father of 3 children in elementary school, I had been concerned, like all parents, by the increasing number of mass shootings in schools. So, on that day, as I picked my girls up from school, I asked the principal, “How prepared are you for something like what happened today at Parkland?” 


After listening to the response, I realized two things:


First, the school was not prepared, at least not to the level I wanted as a parent. Second, the responsibility for changing this did not just belong to the school and to the district. As a parent, it was my responsibility as well. 


So, I took steps to initiate change. I begged, borrowed, and dealed my way into participating in the next lockdown drill at the school. The drill was a disaster. It took way too long to lockdown the school and the drill exposed several major vulnerabilities and oversights. 


But I also saw an opportunity for improvement. A simple solution to a complex problem. And after that drill I came up with the idea for my app, Lencomms.


We designed Lencomms with one goal in mind—to save lives by reducing response times. 


Parkland is a story about time. It took 6 minutes and 35 seconds to call a code red lockdown. But this was after the last shot was fired.


The first 9-1-1 call came 35 seconds after the first shot was fired. It took 69 agonizing seconds to handle the first 9-1-1 call and dispatch police. By that time the shooter was on the stairs to the second floor.


It took 48 minutes for medical personnel to reach the last surviving victim while doctors waited helplessly in the parking lot.


It took less than 1 second for the gunshots to set off the fire alarm that caused students and teachers to leave their classrooms and put them right in the path of the shooter.


And yet, it took just 10 seconds to lockdown the second floor.


What would you do for 10 seconds?


I try to teach my kids to accept responsibility and to avoid shifting the blame. I teach them not to expect others to take care of our problems. We parents should be the same. 


We know our schools are not as safe as they should be. We also know communication technology exists to bridge that gap. We know because we at Lencomms built it, to keep our kids and your kids safe. All we need now is your help to put it to work in every school.


It’s about time.  

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