Archive | May 18, 2010

Sue Scheff: A Text Message Changes Life – Loss of a Beautiful 16 year-old to School Violence, Emily Keyes

Who is Emily?  She was a beautiful young 16 year-old that lost her life in school shooting after being held hostage.  As her parents were frantic, her father thought to text her while she was in being held hostage.  The response was chilling and loving, yet this was Emily’s final communication to her family as she was killed shortly following the message. (Must watch video).

Her parents, John-Michael and Ellen Keyes created a foundation in her memory promoting school safety.  “I Love U Guys” is a foundation that is helping schools, helping students and helping communities.

During the time she was held hostage, Emily sent her parents text messages… “I love you guys” and “I love u guys. k?” Emily’s kindness, spirit, fierce joy, and the dignity and grace that followed this tragic event define the core of The “I Love U Guys” Foundation.

The mission of “I Love U Guys” was created to restore and protect the joy of youth through educational programs and positive actions in collaboration with families, schools, communities, organizations and government entities.

After extensive research, The “I Love U Guys” Foundation developed the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), a classroom response to any school incident.

You can find out more about this foundation on their Facebook page and their website at

Many articles will talk about the dangers of texting, text rage, driving and texting etc.   Here is one time that a text message is considered priceless in a strangely positive way.  Ellen and John-Michael Keyes are commended for taking this horrific incident and bringing out the positive side of it.  Changing lives, creating school safety and most of all, sharing their story to promote awareness to the need of schools, teachers, communities, authorities and parents banning together for the sake of our children.

Watch video  and help secure your school and community are safe places for your children.