Safety forum aims to heal and prevent tragedy

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Updated: 2/20 9:53 am

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A community and school safety forum brought survivors from mass shootings across our nation, including Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook and the Carson City IHOP shooting. Senator Debbie Smith and the Washoe County School District hosted the forum to have a conversation about community and school safety.

The forum brought together, educators, law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, as well as family members and survivors who have experienced similar tragedies in their communities across the nation.

Panelists included Susan Payne, the Founding Executive Director of Safe2Tell, a prevention initiative developed as a response to the Columbine tragedy in Colorado.

Other panelists included Colin Goddard, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and Erica Lafferty, the daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School’s principal.

Goddard shared his horrifying experience in hopes of helping someone in our community heal after recent tragedies, such as the Sparks Middle School shooting. “The whole world watched what happened here and so many of watched with sad hearts, because it was like watching our own events happen again.”

Panelists who shared their stories say it doesn’t matter if you were in the middle of the chaos, or if you learned that a loved one was taken, there’s no right or wrong way to cope.

For the most up-to-date information, visit the Community Safety Forum website.

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