A few weeks ago, we asked Adriane Greene, a teacher in a rural school district in North Carolina, to take the time to learn about HAVEN Lockdown and tell us what she thought. Adriane teaches Exceptional Children in grades 6-12, and like many teachers around the country, she’s concerned about her students’ physical safety and mental and emotional health in an environment where school shootings are becoming horrifyingly commonplace.

We loved what Adriane had to say—we loved it so much we decided to see what other teachers around the country have to say about HAVEN Lockdown. So we’re launching a contest: CALLING ALL TEACHERS—WIN SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR YOUR CLASSROOM! Tell us about the great things happening in your classroom and you could win a $50 or even $500 gift card to Staples to purchase classroom supplies! Visit the contest page to learn more and to enter, and read Adriane’s word below:

“Christmas is right around the corner. It’s hard for me, as a teacher in a rural public school system to get as excited about Christmas as I used to before I became a teacher. “Do my students have enough food for Christmas break?” “Will their families be able to afford presents?” “Do they have heat in their homes?” All of these questions swirl around my head while I decorate my classroom and think about the million-and-one things I need to get done for my own family’s Holiday. I can’t control most of those things that I worry about for the sake of my students, but there is one thing I can control, which is the safety of my classroom.

North Carolina Classroom

Adriane Greene’s classroom in rural North Carolina is an emotional haven for her students.

I work very hard to make my classroom a safe place for my students. They know they can come to me with problems they are dealing with in their lives, ‘drama’ with friends, or another class they are having a hard time with. My students trust me to keep my classroom a safe place. However, I know there is more that I can do to keep it physically safe. Each December, my mind drifts to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, and all of those teachers who did their best every day to make their classrooms safe, but they were no match for an active shooter. Some retail outlets have responded with ‘school supplies’ such as bullet-proof backpacks, jackets, and colored pencils to use as weapons. Active shooter drills across our school systems are carried out, sometimes up to monthly, without regard to how these drills might be traumatizing and stressful to students who already deal with more emotional stress than is healthy for them. There has to be a better, smarter way. 

When I learned about the HAVEN Lockdown system, I immediately thought to myself, “this is the missing piece.” The HAVEN Lockdown is a device I can control remotely with my phone or the press of a button on a key fob, making it fast and efficient in an active-shooter situation. With the HAVEN lockdown, I would have the power to protect all of my students within the walls of my classroom, and myself, and ensure that we could all go home to our families after a worst-case scenario. No bullet-proof backpacks, no use of writing utensils to ‘fight back,’ and no having to worry about about putting my students at risk by fleeing my classroom. 

This Christmas, my wish would be to have less worry and fear for my students’ safety and well-being. It’s a lofty wish, for sure, but with HAVEN Lockdown, I know I would have more peace of mind, which, for us teachers, is one of the best gifts of all.” 

Adriane Green | Exceptional Children Teacher, Grades 6-12, North Carolina