CMU Meets With School Safety Expert
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Colorado Mesa University staff, faculty, students, and the general public got some training and safety tips from a national school safety expert Thursday night.
Dr. John Nicoletti, has responded and been apart of debriefing teams of several school shootings, including Columbine and Virginia Tech.
Nicoletti's speech and training was to bring awareness to folks who may be in a dangerous position, and teach them ways to disrupt the situation.
"There are a lot of things you can do to stay safe. Depending on who the attacker is your counter measures or techniques vary. If it's an active shooting you do one thing, where as if it's a predator like the individual that attacked Jessica Ridgeway, you do a whole different set of techniques," said Nicoletti.
John Marshall, vice president of student services at CMU invited Nicoletti to educate pupils on ways to prevent dangerous situations from occurring at CMU and the surrounding area.
"The reality is from kindergarten all the way up through a university, our challenge is the same thing. It's to make sure that we are supporting students the best we can. If someone is not doing okay, then we can step in and provide them the resources they need and make sure that things never spin up until the point that people get hurt," said Marshall.
Experts say some safety tips include remembering to either get out, hide out, fake out, or take out. They say in different scenarios scream out can be added to the list.
Dr. Nicoletti says carrying a gun on campuses can be beneficial, but can also be a detriment. As for school resource officers, he says they're very important and there should be more.