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School violence workshop Tuesday

Alissa Widman Neese • Apr 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Two years ago, a northeast Ohio community mourned the brutal slaying of three high school boys.

A 17-year-old shooter opened fire in Chardon High School’s cafeteria just days prior, fatally striking the three students and injuring three others. He received a life sentence in prison this past year.

Two years later, experts still aren’t certain of the troubled boy’s motive.

But one expert, a retired U.S. Army ranger, is determined to link violent media as a primary contributing factor.

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, an internationally recognized scholar, author and speaker, will visit BGSU Firelands to discuss his theories on school violence triggers.    

Want to go?

WHAT: “Safe Schools and Healthy Kids: Educating Our Community”

WHEN: 1-2:30 p.m. April 8

WHERE: BGSU Firelands Cedar Point Center

COST: Free to all

Anyone can attend the free event, which begins 1 p.m. April 8 in the Cedar Point Center.

The goal: teach educators, counselors, social workers and all community members about means of curbing violent crimes and increasing student health and success.

“Helping to create safe educational environments for our children is very important,” said BGSU Firelands lecturer Tracy McGinley, who helped organize the program.

Grossman’s specialty is studying the psychology of killing and what he calls the worldwide “virus” of violent crime.

But the program at BGSU Firelands doesn’t exclusively address school shootings, said McGinley, who is also the director of the college’s criminal justice program.

“It’s also about reducing assaults and bullying in our schools,” she said. “We want all the children in our communities to be able to attend school and to be safe. This applies to elementary, middle and high schools, as well as college campuses.”

The Community Enrichment Series, Criminal Justice Club and Student Activities Department at BGSU Firelands sponsored Grossman’s visit.

Before Grossman’s community presentation, he will offer a workshop from 8 a.m. to noon for area counselors and social workers interested in earning credit for their continuing education units. Seating is limited. Call 419-372-0692 to register.

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