A Teacher’s Journey Through Grief: Remembering the Santa Fe Shooting

August 1, 2023
Mike Matranga


In the aftermath of the tragic Santa Fe shooting in 2018, where Flo Rice, a substitute teacher, survived the horrific event, the discussion about school safety has gained urgency. With increasing violence and divisive politics in society, the need for improved security measures in educational institutions is evident. Advocates, including Flo Rice, are pushing for legislation to better protect students and staff from such devastating incidents.

How can schools ensure the safety of students and staff in the face of potential threats? In this episode of SecurED, host Mike Matranga engages with Flo Rice, a former Santa Fe survivor, to shed light on the pressing issue of school security and the changes needed to prevent future tragedies.

Main Points of Conversation:

  • The Santa Fe Tragedy: Flo Rice shares her personal account of the events that unfolded on May 18, 2018, as she faced a harrowing shooting incident while working as a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School.
  • Lack of Preparedness: Flo highlights the absence of proper training and resources for substitute teachers, leaving them ill-equipped to respond to emergency situations like active shooters.
  • Advocacy for Safer Schools: Flo and her husband, Scott, have been actively advocating for legislation to improve school safety, including measures to ensure substitute teachers’ access to emergency tools like locked doors and functional phones.

Guest Bio:

Flo Rice is a former teacher and survivor of the Santa Fe shooting. Since the incident, she and her husband have been passionate advocates for school safety, working to enact meaningful legislation that can prevent such tragedies in the future.

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