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DA & Senator hold first annual two-day teacher safety seminar

“Protecting Those Who Protect Our Children”

MEDIA, PA -- Violence inside America’s schools and the accompanying rise in concern over safety for both students and teachers in Delaware County took center stage at the first ever two-day teacher safety seminar and workshop hosted by District Attorney Katayoun Copeland and Pennsylvania State Senator Tom McGarrigle on the campus of Penn State Brandywine on August 15 and 16, 2018. 

Focused on a variety of school safety topics, participants heard from experts in law enforcement, criminal law and defense, conflict management, and behavioral and mental health, with representation from the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA).

“Delaware County has great schools and in law enforcement, it is our goal to ensure learning can continue to happen in a safe and secure environment for both our children and our teachers,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland.  “By holding this seminar over the summer break, it is our goal to bring together teachers, who ultimately are the ones tasked with responding to crisis situations, to learn ways to protect themselves and their school community.  By collectively discussing the challenges facing our schools and promoting best practices, we in law enforcement can effectively improve school safety.”

As part of the first-day training, participants learned about their right to a safe workplace and how to better protect themselves in the face of danger. Annemarie Dwyer, of the PSEA Legal Division, provided an overview of the legal rights of teachers and their entitlement to a safe and violence-free workplace. Attorney Mark P. Much provided an overview of self-dense from a legal perspective.

“It is imperative to protect the safety of teachers and students in the classroom, as it is a fundamental right for children to go to school and learn and for teachers to be able to focus on teaching without being in fear of harm,” said Pennsylvania State Senator Tom McGarrigle, R-26. “It is for this very reason, I support and introduced legislation that provides a recurring revenue stream for school safety initiatives throughout the Commonwealth.”

For the second day, participants learned how to address mental health and behavioral issues among students. District Attorney Katayoun Copeland hosted a panel discussion including information on Delaware County’s coordinated crisis counseling response to the community after a critical event to decrease the traumatic symptoms from the event. Participants also learned about the inner workings of Juvenile Court proceedings firsthand from Dominick N. Spigarelli, Deputy District Attorney for the Juvenile Unit of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.

 

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OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
JOSEPH A. RYAN, CHIEF OF DETECTIVES 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: August 28, 2018 
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252