Sandy Hook mothers to open national school safety conference

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by Spede Public Relations

Editors: Contact Jay Farlow (info below) for full-access conference press credentials. As of the date of this release, NASRO plans to host the conference as scheduled.

March 18, 2020 — HOOVER, Ala. — A keynote address by the mothers of two victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting will open the 2020 National Association of School Resource Officers’ (NASRO) national school safety conference in Dallas. Michele Gay and Alissa Parker went on to co-found Safe and Sound Schools, a nonprofit organization that supports school crisis prevention, response and recovery.

Gay and Parker are both nationally recognized public speakers and school safety advocates. Gay lost her 7-year-old daughter, Josephine Grace in the Connecticut tragedy. Parker lost her 6-year-old daughter, Emilie. Both women’s impassioned positions on school safety hinge on every community taking a comprehensive and sustainable approach to safety. Both work diligently to unite stakeholders of all disciplines and perspectives. Their keynote speech at the NASRO conference is entitled, “From Hindsight to Foresight: A Parent Perspective.”

“Michele and Alissa bring a truly unique perspective to the school safety discussion,” said NASRO executive director Mo Canady. “We’re thrilled to have them open our conference and I’m certain they will deeply inspire everyone there.”

NASRO’s 30th annual global conference takes place July 5-10 at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas Texas. The conference provides education and networking opportunities to school resource officers (SROs) and other law enforcement officers, as well as school security and safety officials, school board members, administrators and anyone interested in school safety.

Other keynote speakers include:

  • Psychologist and author Peter Langman, Ph.D., an expert on the psychology of school shooters and other perpetrators of mass violence, who will present a speech on preventing school shootings.
  • Pepperdine University law professor Bernie James, who will provide a national school law update.
  • Arkansas Sheriff Mike Neal, who was instrumental in ending a brutal gun battle that resulted in the death of two officers and critically injuring two others. His address is titled, “Critical Mindset...Sovereign Citizen Shootout.”

Last year, more than 2,100 people attended the annual NASRO 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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