Daily Journal, June 7, 2019
Lee County School District officials took a proactive approach to school safety by hiring R.L. Nichols & Associates to examine safety measures and recommend various improvement. Superintendent Jimmy Weeks shares how the district has implemented various recommendations by R.L. Nichols & Associates.
R. Leslie “Les” Nichols, president of the firm, states, “Criminals make a decision based on some rationale, no one just snaps, so they are going to choose a location where they will succeed. Having well-trained professionals not only serves as an immediate deterrent, it also boosts overall morale, sets a threshold of security as a serious business. They are there as a symbol.”
Daily Journal, March 28, 2018
In Tupelo, Miss., school and community leaders held a School Safety Security Summit and invited R. Leslie “Les” Nichols, a youth protection consultant, to present his expertise to the group. Les Nichols shared a variety of tips with attendees including anticipate threats by focusing on vulnerabilities; make staff competent problem solvers; use communication as a way to manage emergencies; and, much more.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 1, 2018
“On Whole, Teachers Shun Guns”
After the Parkland, Fla. school shooting, Georgia public schools respond to arming teachers with guns. The article presents the complexity of such a decision as teachers are overwhelmed with training as educators and have little to no experience in law enforcement.
R. Leslie “Les” Nichols is a child safety consultant quoted in the story. He addresses a variety of issues surrounding arming teachers with guns including: individual capacity, stress response, whether teachers with guns increase or deter safety, teacher training, and the standard of care throughout the public-school district.
Springfield News-Leader, August 2, 2017
A Springfield, Missouri teacher taught for 25 years despite numerous accusations of sexual harassment. R. Leslie “Les” Nichols, a child safety and security authority, was interviewed for the story, and he said “cases like these are common because it’s hard for others to imagine and secondly, people don’t want to learn the patterns of exploiting children.”
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, June 15, 2012
When R. Leslie “Les” Nichols worked at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, his role was as a child safety advocate to protect children from gaining access by sexual predators, child molesters, and others intending to inflict harm. Today, Les Nichols is using this earned expertise as a child safety consultant to help youth-serving organizations maintain a culture of protection for all children they serve.
This article reviews the six key items that every child protection policy should include. Les Nichols recommends each of them as critical to creating a culture of trust and protection across youth-serving organizations.