Hello , My name is Wayne "Woody" Mesker & I am the C.E.O. of Cleveland - based Worldstock Entertainment as well asd a concerned citizen , parent & grandparent of a grandson in elementary school in Parma ,Oh. & a grandaughter in high-school in Cape Coral , Fla.
I woke up to the tragic news about the shootings at Chardon High School that Monday morning !
My initial response:
Worldstock Entertainment (my business) is prepared to put together a "Reach Our Children" awareness / fund - raiser to create/support Prevention " Counseling" & Outreach programs to avert future tragedies & to provide Counseling/support to victims & survivors of such senseless violence. Someone needs to take a stand !
My concerns are very serious, real & personal . I have a 9 yr. old grandson that doesn't know how to appropriately express or channel his anger ! He's got more than a few friends in school just as screwed up & these are 3rd - 6th graders from Parma .
That same afternoon he came home from school "hating" his substitute teacher & later when I took him to the playground , a couple of kids were messing with motorists pretending they had a "wire" stretched across the road . Two days later he drew a picture of a boy in his class with a pencil through his neck , because the boy was flirting with a girl he liked ! If we don't "Reach Our Children" now , who knows where they'll end up ?
Here's my idea on meeting to discuss development of the "One Heartbeat" Prevention Counseling program I believe is needed on a statewide level starting in our elementary schools that might eventually be a nationwide initiative spearheaded by Ohio :
It will take a joint effort of concerned & committed professionals from the community, government , media , educational system , mental health & social sevices & spiritual communities !
This is obviously a serious issue at a "National" level !! I recently had the opportunity to make a connection with the Executive Director of the Ohio Education Association . We could use an awareness / prevention program to be implemented statewide starting in our elementary schools & involving families . Children "Live what they learn" ! The term One Heartbeat was mentioned more than once in articles in the Plain Dealer about the Chardon tragedy.
Sounds like a great name for such an initiative . Governor Kasich was in Chardon to speak to the community , maybe we can meet to find & fund a solution so he doesn't have to do a repeat of his speech in another Ohio town .
I've reached out to Senator Joe Schiavoni who is instrumental in Anti-bullying legislation , had an initial meeting with Representative Nick Celebrezze , Senator Cafaro & will contact Larry Wicks at the OEA .
Hoping someone will reach out to Gov. Kasich on my behalf.
Well I got as far as the initial meeting with Representative Celebrezze , who promised to contact Sen. Cafaro & Sen. Schavoni & get back to me ! I'm still waiting !!!