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Colorado Safe Schools Training

Apr 15, 2009 by Lee Gaby

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter kicks off an all day school safety training program in Colorado Springs today. The event is sponsored by the Colorado Safe Schools Resource Center. More information is available at http://www.safeschools.state.co.us/

The program includes three GENERAL SESSIONS: School Safety Center Model – Dr. Linda Kanan will give an overview of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center’s mission and services available to schools; School Violence and School Climate – Dr. Del Elliott will present on the nature of youth violence and the importance of creating a positive school climate; and Cyber Bullying – Dr. Patricia Agatston will discuss the evolving methods of bullying being used in cyberspace. BREAKOUT SESSION TOPICS are:Homeland Security and School Safety, Cyber Bullying, Legal Issues of Student and Staff Technology Use, Managing Gangs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Panel, Information Sharing

This event may call attention to the upcoming ten year anniversary of tragedy at Columbine. The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, near Denver and Littleton. Two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, embarked on a massacre, killing 12 students and a teacher, as well as wounding 23 others, before committing suicide. It is the fourth-deadliest school shooting in United States history, after the 1927 Bath School disaster, 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and the 1966 University of Texas massacre, and the deadliest for an American high school.

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