Tennessee school officials attended a free seminar at Murfreesboro’s Middle Tennessee State University to learn about best practice school safety planning and sexual abuse prevention from members of Indiana Insurance’s Safety Advantage Network.
Indiana Insurance is hosting Safer Schools Seminars within its six state territory to make schools aware of the additional steps they can take to improve overall school and student safety and crisis preparedness.
Recognizing the ongoing societal problems of school violence and sexual abuse, Michael Dorn, founder of Safe Havens International™, presented a weapons concealment demonstration; emergency operations planning for schools based on U.S. Department of Education and best practice models; risk and vulnerability assessments that show school administrators how to coordinate tactical site surveys of schools to identify potential risks and facilitate emergency pre-planning activities; and a case study of a chronically bullied child entitled, Weakfish: Bullying Through the Eyes of a Child, which illustrates that a clear and distinct correlation exists between pervasive bullying and risk for extreme acts of violence in schools.
“As advocates for children, we all must be committed to making things happen for them rather than letting things happen to them,” Dorn said. “There are far too many accidents, disruptive incidents, and acts of violence in American schools, and we continue to see the very tragic consequences of them. No school can ever be 100 percent safe, but we owe it to our students and communities to work cooperatively with law enforcement to have the best available safety plans in place.”
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