School Shootings Focus of Several Sessions at National School Safety Conference

Annual NASRO Conference Begins June 23 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Published Monday, June 3, 2019 by Jay Farlow

June 3, 2019 – Hoover, Ala. – Assessing the threat of, training for, preventing and responding to school shootings are the focus of several of the nearly 50 break-out sessions scheduled during the National School Safety Conference, June 23 – 28, at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) hosts the annual event and expects more than 2,000 attendees.

“It is an unfortunate truth that shootings are a primary concern of educators and law enforcement officers in all parts of the nation,” said Mo Canady, NASRO’s executive director. “Our annual conference always aims to provide the highest-quality information to help attendees keep schools as safe as possible.”

Below is a sampling of scheduled sessions that deal with the subject of school shootings:

“SROs Must Prevent the Next School Shooting!” John D. Byrnes, D.Hum, founder and CEO of the Center for Aggression Management, will discuss how school resource officers (SROs) can reliably record, track and prevent the next school shooting without violating privacy or civil rights laws.

“Identifying and Intercepting School Violence Via Cyber Crime Protocols.” Richard Wistocki, a retired police detective and founder of Be Sure Consulting, will discuss how school administrators and law enforcement officers can identify online indicators and intercept criminal activity before a school shooter is able to take action.

“Keeping Kids Safe: Building a Comprehensive Threat Assessment Program.” Two representatives of the Tennessee Department of Education will discuss the components of a comprehensive threat assessment program, including identifying students of concern, strategies to investigate and assess the situation and the procedures to manage the situation to a safe resolution.

“Frameworks for Prevention Before, During and After the Crisis.” Two representatives of Safe and Sound Schools, including Sandy Hook mother Michele Gay, will share lessons learned, best practices and resources for preventing crises and secondary crises following traumatic events in the school community.

“FBI Active Shooter — Prep/Response.” FBI Supervisory Special Agent John P. Skillestad will discuss the Bureau’s Active Shooter (AS) Program, including insight into the assailant’s observable pre-attack indicators and behaviors and how law enforcement agencies can improve response to AS events.

“Active Shooter Response Training: Basics of Options-Based Strategies.” Shawn Slezak, training director for the ALICE Training Institute, will discuss training strategies that can help students and school staff increase their odds of surviving a school shooting.

“Standard Response Protocol.” John Michael Keyes, founder of the I Love U Guys Foundation and father of a school shooting victim, will discuss this proven enhancement to school safety planning.

Last year, more than 900 people attended the annual National School Safety Conference. It offers attendees an opportunity to complete on-site NASRO training courses at no additional charge; receive in-service training; visit an exhibit hall with the latest in products, technologies and innovations; and interact with SROs, school administrators, sheriffs and chiefs of police from throughout the country and world. Available training includes NASRO’s Basic SRO Course, ideal for law enforcement officers who are newly assigned to work in schools.

More information about the conference, including a complete agenda and online registration, is available at www.nasro.org/conference/.


NASRO is a nonprofit organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators and school security/safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff, and the schools they attend. NASRO’s national offices are located in Hoover, Alabama. The organization was established in 1991. For more information, visit www.nasro.org.

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