Superintendent’s Conference Day Examines Active Shooters and Sexual Harassment

Superintendent’s Conference Day Examines Active Shooters and Sexual Harassment

At this September’s Superintendent’s Conference Day assembly for staff, the district focused on two important issues that are both timely and impact safety in the schools.

Detective Clifford Lent of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Bureau began the event by sharing data and statistics on active shooter incidents. He relayed a collection of best practices from schools and law enforcement agencies from across the country, including studies conducted by the FBI and NYPD that looked at over 220 active shooter incidents in the United States from 2000 to 2016.

Lent explained what an active shooter is and what the numerous variables are, such as the attacker’s proximity and choice of weapons. He advised educators on how to react quicker than they normally would; to know what the communication plans are in the workplace and how to initiate emergency protocols; where to run to exit the facility or take shelter; and to be aware of the effects of shock and how to overcome them.

Next up was a presentation on sexual harassment in the public-school setting by attorney Joseph Lilly of the firm Frazer & Feldman, Garden City, New York. Sexual harassment can involve adults and/or children. Lilly made the attendees aware of how federal and state laws have addressed this issue over the decades in schools, including Title IX, DASA and New York State labor law; and explained how the law defines sexual harassment. Attendees at the assembly were given specific examples and also made aware of behaviors to avoid.