Category Archives: School Resource Officer

National School Safety Conference to Feature Town Hall Meeting on School Safety

The National School Safety Conference will be held July 22-26, 2013 at the Red Rock Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  New this year will be a National discussion on school safety, with topics ranging from Arming Teachers and Staff to Federal & State Funding of School Safety Strategies.  Guests will have an option to submit written questions of the panelist, and have their issues discussed as part of this Town Hall Meeting.

This event will take place on Friday, July 26th, 2013 in the Red Rock Ballroom.  Media Passes are available, but limited.

To register for the conference, go to

Was Chardon High School Shooting a Result of Bullying?

By now we have all heard of the tragedy at Chardon High School where a student went into the school cafeteria and began firing a handgun at his fellow students? What causes a student to kill fellow students? This question has been asked of school shooters since before Columbine.  Could this shooting be a result of the shooter being bullied? As the investigation continues I am sure we will know for sure but preliminary statements from students at the school believe the shooting was in response to being bullied.

Statements made by some students who witnessed the shooting said it was unclear whether the gunman had specific targets in mind when he began shooting but others told the AP that he believed the gunman was looking for certain students. He said he saw one student dive under a cafeteria table to unsuccessfully hide. The shooter has been described as an outcast who had apparently been bullied by others. Officials would not discuss the motive.

Is bullying being taken seriously by school officials? Is enough being done to prepare our schools, faculty, and students to effectively deal with the issues of bullying? A recent national survey by the School Safety Advocacy Council of almost 1000 school officials and law enforcement officials might surprise you. To view the survey visit or click on this link For more information on bullying or training please contact Sean Burke, President SSAC at .


The School Safety Advocacy Council (SSAC) recently announced it will take a smaller version of its popular National Conference on Bullying to cities across the nation.  The first stops on the REGIONAL BULLYING SYMPOSIUM TOUR were recently announced at a press conference last week.  The Regional Bullying Symposiums will provide a comprehensive 2-day training opportunity in the cities of Cincinnati, Ohio, Boston, Ma and Dallas, Texas through the months of March and April, 2012.  “We are looking at two (2) additional sites in California and the Pacific Northwest as well”, stated Curtis Lavarello, Executive Director of the Advocacy Council.

“This training is a must for School Counselors, School Administrators and School Based Law Enforcement Officers”, continued Lavarello.  The School Safety Advocacy Council Training has become recognized as the nation’s leader in school safety and bullying related training for school faculty and SROs.

For additional information on registering for the Regional Bullying Symposium or the National School Safety Conference (July 23-27, 2012 at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort in Orlando, FL), go to


SSAC Takes part in National Discussion

I’m honored to be in our Nation’s Capitol today for a very important discussion centering on the role of law enforcement in schools across the country.  Other agencies involved in this discussion are the United States Dept of Justice, Education and Homeland Security and many more…..  As I have posted before, there are those that are critical of the SRO concept and as such have published skewed reports, however the School Safety Advocacy Council will continue to support such programs and quality training that is a MUST.

Virginia Tech in Lockdown-1 Police Officer & 1 Civilian Killed by Gunman

In another tragic incident, Virginia Tech University, the site of the country’s worst massacre, is on lockdown after two people, including a police officer, were shot and killed on the campus.

The school said the suspect is at large and students are being told, “Stay indoors. Secure in place” and the school’s website said: “There is an active campus alert in Blacksburg. Everyone should seek shelter or stay where you are. Blacksburg Transit service is suspended until the alert is lifted.”

Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski said a campus police officer stopped a vehicle shortly after noon today in the school’s Coliseum parking lot and that during that stop the police officer was shot and killed. The suspect then fled on foot to a parking lot where a civilian was found dead. At this time the campus is in lockdown and there is an extensive search for the gunman. The school is saying that the suspect is a while male wearing a gray sweatpants, a gray hat with a neon green brim, a maroon hoodie and a backpack, according to the Associated Press.

The Virginia Tech Campus was the site of the deadliest mass shooting in the United States in 2007 when Seung-Hui Cho killed 33 students, faculty members and himself during a shooting rampage on the campus. Cho was a senior in English at the school. After that tragic shooting the university instituted tighter security and emergency management proceedures. On Wednesday, Virginia Tech was in court to attempt to block $55,000 in fines connected to the 2007 shooting. The Education Department claims that the school violated the law by waiting over two hours before notifying students via email that a students had been shot. Virgina Tech has argued that it acted appropriately and should not be held to todays standards for an incident that happened in 2007.

The recent tragic incident will be a true test of the improved safety proceedures at Virginia Tech and should serve as a reminder to all educational ins


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