We are coming up on the two-year anniversary of the conference that I developed the concept and co-curated which was held at Post University, Waterbury CT in May 21, 2015. “A Village Response, Building Resiliency to Prevent Lethal Violence in Schools”, was a collaboration between myself and Post University’s, Dr. Bonnie Lee Rabe, Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Richard Stompf, Dean of the School of Public Service, and Academic Program Manager for the Homeland Security Program, Professor David Jannetty.
I was inspired to create this event after seeing the horror unfold on the news during the school tragedy that took place at Marysville Pilchuck High School, in Washington, on October 24, 2014, when, yet again, another tragic loss of life on school grounds had occurred.
This violence came at a time in education where students are exposed to anti-bullying messages to a higher extent than in generations past but yet tragic events like this continue to happen. The question that I want each and every one of you to ask today in conversation is: “What can we as “the village” do to build positive connections with each and every person we meet?
Attendees left this conference equipped with additional strengths-based strategies to build student resilience, assess those at-risk for lethal violence, and strategies for the development of a pro-active continuum of support for all. It takes “a village” to eliminate these catastrophic events!
You can read more about this historic conference at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-j-doll-phd/school-violence-preventio_b_7419112.html
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