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Council Members Present at School Safety Symposium

fagelBensonDeAngelis.jpgASIS School Safety & Security Council Members Mike Fagel & Greg Benson presented at an all-day School Security Symposium held March 4, 2017

The symposium was sponsored by the Kane County Illinois Regional Office of Education and held during the West Aurora School Districts Teacher Institute day.

The day began with an active shooter training exercise involving over 150 school staff and students from several districts inside Kane County at Hergit Middle School.

Members of the Aurora Fire Department and the Aurora Police Department provided realistic scenario training led by Commander Paul Nelson of the Aurora Police Department and ROE Safety Officer Mark Bozik. The staff were shown real life scenes in several classroom and assembly settings.

Sessions on Combat Trauma Care and Casualty Collection Points were also demonstrated.

De Angelis was the principal at the Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 during the horrific attack on students and staff by two high school students. Frank spoke of the aftermath, years later, and methods to cope that were heart wrenching. He retired as principal of Columbine High School in 2014.

Fagel and Benson also were part of the same panel discussion and presentation series. They spoke on the "Golden Hour" of the response phase of unfolding crisis events, as well as suspicious activity report (SAR) indicators that were present in Columbine as well as numerous other school Incidents. They also spoke of the organizational needs during and after the response and recovery.

Fagel and Benson have delivered similar training at the ASIS Seminar in Orlando in 2016 as well as ASIS Webinars on Soft Targets and intervention. The most recent webinar from the School Safety & Security Council is available for free from the ASIS webinar archives.

ASIS School Safety Security Council Newsletters were provided to the attendees, and Mr. De Angelis was invited to participate in our ASIS Annual Conference in 2017 in Dallas.