Tragedy Struck

On September 27th, 2006 a gunman entered Platte Canyon High School, held seven girls hostage and ultimately shot and killed Emily Keyes. During the time she was held hostage, Emily sent her parents these text messages:
"I love you guys" and "I love u guys. k?"

Emily's kindness, spirit, fierce joy, and the dignity and grace shown by the Keyes family following this tragic event define the core of The "I Love U Guys" Foundation.


The "I Love U Guys" Foundation 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.

Kids and Schools

We're not big, but we're doing some amazing things. After extensive research, The "I Love U Guys" Foundation developed the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), a classroom response to any critical incident.

In 2012 the Foundation introduced the Standard Reunification Method (SRM), a practice that helps schools reunite students and parents with greater accountability and less uncertainty.

Since May of 2009 The Foundation has presented these programs at hundreds of events, conferences and venues. This has resulted in adoption by districts, departments and agencies in several states. We are tremendously excited about this rapid adoption of simple, but profound programs.