Supervisor Todd Spitzer and Other Leaders Organize Active Shooter Response Forum

Mom: “What’s wrong, honey?” Girl: “My school is making me go to active shooter training.” (Photo illustration courtesy of County of Orange)

While announcing an active school shooter response forum it is sponsoring, the County of Orange warns parents that mature subject matter will be addressed so discretion is advised when it comes to bringing along students.

Then again, it is the enlightened students of Parkland, Florida, who are teaching adults a thing or three about this issue.

Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, the Orange County Department of Education and the Orange Unified School District are presenting the forum March 6 at Canyon High School in Anaheim.

According to Spitzer’s Third District office:

Supervisor Spitzer is convening community, education, and law enforcement officials to conduct a free informational seminar for parents on preparation in the event of an active shooter incident. The program features a comprehensive presentation including an educational FBI active response video, a live demonstration by members of the OCSD Homeland Security Division, parenting tips on how to help students cope with an emergency, an interactive panel discussion and question & answer session for audience members.

Announced participants include: Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools; Craig Abercrombie, principal, Canyon High School; Orange County sheriff’s Undersheriff Don Barnes; Gunn Marie Hansen, Orange Unified School District superintendent; Ed Howard, Orange Unified’s executive director of Student Community Services.

Also, Christine Laehle, Emergency/Safety specialist with OC Department of Education; OC sheriff’s Homeland Security Division Deputy Alex Bollhagen; Anaheim Police Sgt. Ray Drabek; family therapist Nicola Garcia of OC Health Care Agency; and Orange Police Capt. Eric Rosauer.

Here is the flier:

Active Shooter Response Presentation for Parents

Free and open to the public, the forum is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Canyon High Gymnasium at 220 S. Imperial Hwy., Anaheim.

Pray there is not a school shooting before then; we know how frequent they are these days.

OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.

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