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Today we pay tribute to the young warriors graduating from schools across the world. In America, we’re at the height of graduation ceremonies from elementary, middle and high schools, colleges, universities, trade schools and military programs. It’s a time of great celebration for the young and not so young who have worked hard, persevered and finished their coursework. We salute their achievements! Let the parties begin.
However, let’s also do our level best to keep our graduates safe and protected from harm’s way. As a parent of three children, I have experienced the transition from graduation festivities to an unexpected tragedy. I’ll share my story of losing a child in the midst of a graduation season and what it’s like to survive the death of a child.
We’ll also give you the latest news on our exciting new coaching academy and how you can invest in yourself by hiring the right personal coach. No matter what your occupation or business, coaching can improve your productivity and help move you to a new level of achievement and success.
Left: Carole's Son, Mickarl D. Thomas, Jr on
Graduation Day June 8, 1997
Last week a foolish prank could have ended in tragically. Thank God it didn't. It involved a newly minted high school graduate who celebrated way too much with alcohol. While partying before and after a concert, he took his celebration to the suburban Boston train station for the ride home. While riding up the escalator to catch his train, Sean O'Malley decided to be a bit unconventional and hop on the moving escalator railings for the thrill of it. Soon his wobble left him unsteady. He lost his balance as the escalator steps entered the second floor, and Sean fell straight down to the brick flooring below.
He fell on his elbow. And it was all caught on tape.
Had he fallen on his head, he would have joined the countless young teens whose flirtation with death proved fatal. Sean was fortunate, just a broken arm and a bruised ego.
You can witness this near miss here on my newly relaunched website. Look for yourself and share this stupid stunt with the young people you care about in your family and neighborhood.
Here's the link. Just scroll down the page and watch the video.
This amazing accident happened in June during Student Safety Month, the commemorating month I started in 1998 following the tragic accidental death of my own son, Mickarl D. Thomas. A good kid just like Sean, Mikey (our nickname for him) wasn't so lucky and didn't have a second chance on life. He died minutes after crashing into a tree on June 14, 1997. My life and the life of my entire family changed forever.
Although we're all preparing for the festivities of the July 4th Weekend, I wanted to stop long enough to call your attention to Student Safety Month (SSM). Please visit the web page for SSM, download the Tool Kit on the page and work on preventing one more Mikey or Sean accidents from happening.
Take the message of Student Safety Month wherever you go and help keep our young people away from harm's way. It's worth the effort. They are worth the effort. Our future depends on our young people playing it safe whenever possible.
Your comments and feedback are welcome.
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.