Isn’t it sad that the daily news seems filled with distressing stories about vicious assaults, cyber bullying, domestic violence, schoolyard brawls, and workplace conflict? Whether there’s been an actual increase in such incidents is debatable, of course, especially given the speed with which modern news circulates. But there’s no denying that personal safety is on our minds – a lot. As the Roman philosopher Cicero wrote more than 2,000 years ago, “The safety of the people is the highest law.” And we hear similar sentiments from Michael Obel-Omia.
Michael Obel-Omia is Interim Head of School at the Compass School in North Kingston and an adjunct faculty member in the University of Rhode Island School of Education. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island with his wife and three children.