Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Enriching Education: Safety, Security and the Law in Today's Schools Symposium 6/17 (DeLand Florida)

James E.C. Perry, former justice of the Florida Supreme Court, will discuss search and seizure at Florida schools during the Nina B. Hollis Educational Leadership Center's (NBHELC) inaugural Leadership Symposium "Safety, Security and the Law in Today's Schools" at Stetson University, Monday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Carlton Union Building's Stetson Room (second floor), 131 E. Minnesota Ave., DeLand, 32723. 

The event is free and open to K-12 school district and educational leaders in Central Florida. Space is limited to 100 attendees. Registration is open through Monday, June 10. 

The conference will provide K-12 school district and educational leaders with an opportunity to learn more about school safety and legal issues in Florida's public schools. 

In addition to Perry, speakers include:

B. Glen Epley, Ph.D., professor of education at Stetson, discussing the legal implications of social media and how high-profile events from school shootings to cyberbullying have increased pressure on public schools to do more to protect children.

Mercy Roberg, J.D., director of the Office of Professional Education at the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law, exploring issues related to guns on campus and whether there has been a rise in firearm-related injuries due to legislation changes.  

On May 8, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 7030 into law, allowing Florida teachers to carry firearms on campus.

Arming teachers to protect students has been a heated and emotional debate since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, 2018. Seventeen students and staff members were killed during the tragedy.

Florida ranked among the top 10 states of most concern for violent threats/incidents during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years, according to a report from the Educator's School Safety Network (ESSN). The report found 279 violent incidents occurred at schools in the United States during the 2017-2018 academic year, a 113 percent increase from the previous school year.

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