Saturday 20 Apr 2019


Wayne Co. Officials Plan For Active Shooter Situation

More than 325 school administrators, communicators, student support staff, school resource officers, public safety officials, and first responders have come together for a Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Communications Symposium at the Maxwell Regional Agriculture and Convention Center in Goldsboro today. The theme for the symposium is “Responding to a Mass Violence Attack on Education Campus.”

The event will host two high caliber speakers. Dr. Mike Clumpner, President & CEO of Threat Suppression, Inc., will hold a morning and afternoon session. Dr. Clumpner is a nationally known expert who has provided training for DEA, FBI, emergency management, etc. The morning session will focus on the history and profile of the adolescent school shooter. The afternoon session will focus on attack actions and active shooter response. Retired Newtown Connecticut Schools superintendent, Dr. Joseph Erardi, will serve as the lunch Keynote. His presentation, sponsored by CrisisGo, will address safety strategies and personal experiences after being hired as superintendent following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December of 2012. Following Dr. Erardi’s presentation, CrisisGo will briefly share information about free communications tools that schools can use to help promote school safety.

“Our district began planning this training event following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February,” stated Ken Derksen, WCPS Communications & Public Relations Officer. “The symposium will offer attendees new information gleaned from the growing frequency of school shootings and offer strategies and best practices in crisis management for preparing and responding to attacks on an education campus.”

The event is being hosted by Wayne County Public Schools in partnership with Wayne UNC Health Care, a major corporate and community sponsor of the event.

“Recognizing the potential impact that an attack on a local school would have on first responders and the emergency room staff at the hospital, we appreciate Wayne UNC Health Care’s partnership in helping our school district offer this event to participants at no cost,” adds Derksen. “I would be remiss if I did not thank all of the other local corporate sponsors who helped make this event possible, with special appreciation given to Duke Energy Foundation and Mount Olive Pickle Company for their financial support.”

Participants represent public K-12 schools, charter schools, private schools, emergency management, and law enforcement agencies across Wayne County. The event will also have representatives from school districts, institutions of higher learning, and public safety officials across the region. School communications professionals across North Carolina were also invited, with some traveling as far away as Transylvania County Schools and Caldwell County Schools to attend.

The event is not open to the public.

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