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2017 IASRO School Safety Conference

June 20 & 21, 2017

Every summer IASRO hosts a conference that focuses on school safety.  The conference is attended by school resource officers, school administrators, juvenile court officers, and many others that have an interest in school safety.  This year's conference promises to be a spectacular offering.

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Detecting Dangerous Behavior for the School Environment

Lou Savelli – Ret. NYPD

(Sponsored by MCTC)

Our schools should be some of the safest places in the community but troublesome students, gang members, tensions, bullies and other situations can make these safe havens extremely dangerous.  Often, violence can erupt in a moment's notice with little warning. However, being able to detect dangerous behaviors, characteristics of armed students, tensions, volatile situations and other indicators of danger can greatly increase school safety for all. This dynamic lecture will expose a variety of today's behavioral and environmental indicators of danger in a school Environment.  

The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting:  An Emergency Response Retrospective 

CPT. Christopher Vanghele – Newtown, CT (Newtown PD)

On 12/14/12 the Newtown Police Department responded to one of the worst school shootings in history.  A lone gunman shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School and within minutes killed six teachers and twenty children.  As a first responder to the scene and as a leader within the Newtown Police Department, Captain Vanghele will share his experiences from that day and in the weeks and months that followed.  From a retrospective and lessons learned viewpoint, he will discuss the emergency response and the investigation as well as the aftermath of the event.  Captain Vanghele will discuss the various aspects regarding this tragic incident to include; the overwhelming outpouring of assistance, the mental health effects of trauma, community resiliency, law enforcement training issues, school security, active shooter response, and charting a course for the “new normal”.

Columbine High School Tragedy:  A School Administrator’s Perspective

Frank DeAngelis – Columbine High School (Ret)

The tragedy at Columbine redefined the nation. Frank DeAngelis tells his story from the events through the aftermath. This presentation reveals the leadership lessons he learned in the focus of an international firestorm. Frank’s honest, straight-forward account provides invaluable insights into managing the after-crisis with students, staff members, community members and never ending media attention. A positive attitude and a passion for his job, allowed him to work at Columbine from 1979 to 2014. He shares how he was able to build a community that worked together for his kids; the students at Columbine High School. The takeaways from this presentation should be required reading for every leader in the nation. 

The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting:  A Parent’s Perspective

Michele Gay- Sandy Hook Elementary /Newtown, CT

(Sponsored by Raptor Technology)

This presentation is a personal perspective on the Sandy Hook School response and recovery efforts, as told by Safe and Sound Schools Co-Founder, Michele Gay. Based on a mother’s own experiences, those of victims, survivors, first responders, community leaders, educators, families, and children in the Sandy Hook and Newtown community, the challenges, successes, and lessons learned in the aftermath of tragedy and loss are revealed to better prepare other school communities to respond and recover from emergencies, crisis, and disaster. Michele share insights on emergency notification, communication, death notification, protection of victims and victims’ families, mental health needs and services, media management, and financial considerations, as well as other issues surrounding the response and recovery efforts within Sandy Hook and Newtown.

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