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Conference to offer free training on combating bullying

Scheduled from Nov. 10-11 in Somerset

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2014) — The Center for Rural Development in Somerset is hosting tuition-free training on combating bullying from Nov. 10-11.

School-safety-graphic-for-the-web-150x150Nationally recognized experts on school safety and representatives from the law enforcement community will instruct on how to prepare and respond to active school threats and stand up against bullying

The conference will provide training in emergency management and effective lockdowns in the event of an active shooting incident; preparing and responding to active school shooters; what every educator and law enforcement officer should know about bullying; and cyber-bullying and social media threats to schools and children.

“School districts and law enforcement agencies are in desperate need of emergency management and anti-bullying training nationwide,” said School Safety Advisory Council President Sean Burke, who will lead a discussion on school bullying. “Some of the districts and agencies in the biggest need are those from rural areas of this nation.”

The conference is funded through a grant from the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, and provided tuition-free to participants. Kentucky educators who attend may earn up to seven continuing education credit hours.

Other guest speakers include Curtis “Curt” Lavarello, SSAC executive director; Don Alwes, lead instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association in the areas of school and workplace violence and active shooter response; and Lt. Tim Enos of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and president of the Florida Association of School Resource Officers.