Robert Killackey Jr., an educator at Norwalk Public Schools and a Preparedness Consultant, said, “The Student Threat Assessment and Threat Behavioral Analysis education and training at WCSU hosted by the Connecticut Center for School Safety and Crisis Preparation was exceptional. Having an experienced FBI Special Agent talk us through the concepts, facilitate discussions, and provide resources (written, online, and, if needed, advisory) helped deepen the collective understanding of the audience (law enforcement, social workers, mental health professionals and educators).”
Killackey added: “From its inception, the CT Center for School Safety and Crisis Prevention at WCSU has been building both the confidence and capability of our schools and first responder communities in dealing with all hazards that could impact our school communities. It is a state focal point for invaluable education and training in preventing, responding to and recovering from school incidents.”
Robert Fuller, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Field Office, said, “We thank Western Connecticut State University for hosting this important collaborative training. Here in Connecticut, we pride ourselves on our great working relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement partners as well as the safety professionals in attendance at this training. The sharing of intelligence, best practices and updated strategies are crucial to providing the best protection and prevention of violent crimes within our public educational facilities and beyond.”
To learn more about the Connecticut Center for School Safety and Crisis Preparation, go to www.wcsu.edu/schoolsafetycenter/.
Photo: (l-r): Regional School Safety Coordinator Kiley Young, LCSW, Eastern Region of Connecticut; Regional School Safety Coordinator Tanya Iacono, DSW, LCSW, Western Region of Connecticut; Connecticut Center for School Safety and Crisis Preparation Director Amery Bernhardt, D.M., CEM; WCSU faculty sponsor Dr. Gabriel Lomas; State Sen. Julie Kushner; mother, educator and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools Michele Gay; WCSU School of Professional Studies Dean Dr. Joan Palladino; Affiliated faculty Dr. Paula Gill Lopez, associate professor and school psychology program director in the School of Education and Human Development at Fairfield University; Regional School Safety Coordinator Sadie Witherspoon, M.S., South Central Region of Connecticut; and Regional School Safety Coordinator Kimberly Myers, Ed.D., North Central Capitol Region of Connecticut.