Elephant in the Room Series: School Safety in the 21st Century

New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Elephant in the Room Series continues with the topic of School Safety in the 21st Century, featuring Poster 528, a compilation of readings on the issue of school safety. Sources include Parkland by Dave Cullen; A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold; The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective by Maryellen O’Toole/Department of Justice; and numerous articles, surveys, poems and personal stories collected by Genevieve Aichele, assisted by Tim Barretto, Kolby Hume, and Catherine Stewart.

Following the playreading of Poster 528, facilitator Tim Barretto will host a discussion with the audience and a panel of community members, including Todd A. DeMitchell, professor of Education and Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Professor DeMitchell served in the public schools for 18 years as both a teacher and administrator. He currently studies the legal mechanisms that impact schools and colleges, with a focus on education law and labor relations. Joining Professor DeMitchell on the panel will be Rochelle Navelski and Ethan Rodrigues-Torrent. Rochelle Navelski is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Portsmouth Police Department, the PPD CRASE Coordinator (Civilian Response to an Active Shooter Event), and a certified ALICE (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate) instructor. Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent is an escape room designer and manager based in New Haven, CT.  At age 22, Ethan survived the Aurora theater shooting of 2012, then later that year watched as the Sandy Hook school shooting unfolded five miles from the home he grew up in.

Admission to the reading and discussion is free, thanks to support from a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Portsmouth Police Department.

Other upcoming events in the series:
Suicide & Self Harm, Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 pm

For more information, visit www.nhtheatreproject.org