How to Talk to Teachers About Safety and Security

Safe and Sound Founder Michele Gay, who lost one of her daughters in the 2014 Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and is also a former teacher, describes how first responders can effectively communicate the importance of campus safety and security.

In this video, Safe and Sound Founder Michele Gay, who lost one of her daughters in the 2014 Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and is also a former teacher, describes how first responders can effectively communicate the importance of campus safety and security.

Gay, who last week presented at the Security 100 K-12 Summit in Tucson, Ariz., describes how police, fire and EMTs can work with teachers in a way that is collaborative and fosters their support for safety and security on campus.

“We don’t think like law enforcement,  EMTs and firefighters,” she tells Campus Safety magazine. “We are very focused on providing the education that our students need. It begins by sitting down together. There’s not a lot of interaction between the people who deliver safety instruction and the people who warehouse all of that expertise.”

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Robin Hattersley Gray
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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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