#schoolsafety | Campus Safety Conference underway in Pittsburgh

                The Campus Safety Conference is underway at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The 3-day event gives educators and law enforcement officials tips and ideas on how to keep students and teachers safe. "Campus safety is way more than just responding to active shooters," said Robin Hattersley, Editor in Chief at Campus Safety Magazine. "I know active shooters, school shootings get a lot of attention, but things like mental health, if there's flooding, if there's a medical emergency, if there's bullying, if there's sexual assault, if there's dating violence, all of those topics we have to cover."Hattersley said when you look at the state of school safety and security today, there's a huge increase in mental health issues that need to be addressed."Doctors have declared a national emergency with children's mental health and when we see that, we see a lot of children acting out towards themselves and other people and we want to prevent both from happening," she said.Katherine Schweit was Thursday's keynote speaker and is a former FBI executive and expert in mass shootings.She talked about ways this group can make decisions and create policies to handle those in distress."We want people in the security positions, like the people who are here today, to be able to look for the behaviors of concern that might show us that someone is on the trajectory towards violence, and we're trying to give them those tools to prevent that future from happening right in their community," said Schweit."When a shooting occurs, media coverage that's extensive can cause more shootings," said Schweit. "We're beginning to find more research that shows that, so we want the group here to understand that they have to manage how they share information in a good way, in a positive way, in order to protect their community and prevent future shootings."The conference wraps up on Friday, Nov. 5.
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                <strong class="dateline">PITTSBURGH —</strong>                                          <p>The Campus Safety Conference is underway at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The 3-day event gives educators and law enforcement officials tips and ideas on how to keep students and teachers safe. 

“Campus safety is way more than just responding to active shooters,” said Robin Hattersley, Editor in Chief at Campus Safety Magazine. “I know active shooters, school shootings get a lot of attention, but things like mental health, if there’s flooding, if there’s a medical emergency, if there’s bullying, if there’s sexual assault, if there’s dating violence, all of those topics we have to cover.”

Hattersley said when you look at the state of school safety and security today, there’s a huge increase in mental health issues that need to be addressed.

“Doctors have declared a national emergency with children’s mental health and when we see that, we see a lot of children acting out towards themselves and other people and we want to prevent both from happening,” she said.

Katherine Schweit was Thursday’s keynote speaker and is a former FBI executive and expert in mass shootings.

She talked about ways this group can make decisions and create policies to handle those in distress.

“We want people in the security positions, like the people who are here today, to be able to look for the behaviors of concern that might show us that someone is on the trajectory towards violence, and we’re trying to give them those tools to prevent that future from happening right in their community,” said Schweit.

“When a shooting occurs, media coverage that’s extensive can cause more shootings,” said Schweit. “We’re beginning to find more research that shows that, so we want the group here to understand that they have to manage how they share information in a good way, in a positive way, in order to protect their community and prevent future shootings.”

The conference wraps up on Friday, Nov. 5.

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