Most meetings we hold in our offices have some levity to them, but not this one. Some of us spread out across the wooden conference table; others stood against the back wall of the room, one joined us via conference call. Banter was non-existent and the pallor of the room was morgue-like. Our normally light-hearted team of experts was uncharacteristically somber this day.
The occasion of our meeting was to discuss an action unprecedented in the history of USGlass magazine: the creation of a special issue focused on the single topic of school safety. Our meeting was held just a few days after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., and we were all still dealing with the collective grief. In the room were most of our editorial staff members and some from our digital media services department. Together, the group included parents of 11 children, most of them under the age of 12.
In addition to all our concerns as grand-, God- or just plain-parents, we were also concerned for the industry we love and write about each day. Glass, it seems was taking a lot of heat for the tragedy. Personally, it strikes me as amazing that a mad gunman with a stockpile of ammunition can break into a building and extinguish lives barely begun, yet the first thing I heard blamed was the glass.
So we sat there as parents and journalists, determined to open up a whole issue to the topic of school safety and glass. The result is in your hands. It includes an incredible amount of candor from the industry and some very thoughtful discussion around it.
The focus of this issue goes beyond human security. School safety includes protection from hurricanes and tornados and fire, as well as from bombs and Bushmaster rifles in the hands of lunatics.
Through the leadership of our vice president for editorial Tara Taffera and USGlass editor Ellen Rogers, our staff has labored tirelessly to bring you this month’s edition.
We are sad that we had to create an issue such as this. But glad that we did.
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