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Former Columbine High principal to speak at IVCC

Juvenile Justice Seminar runs 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday

A retired principal from Columbine High School will speak Thursday during the annual Juvenile Justice Seminar at Illinois Valley Community College.

Frank DeAngelis started working at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., as a social studies teacher in 1979 before becoming principal in 1996. In April 1999, the school was the site of a mass shooting in which 12 students and one teacher were killed by two student gunmen.

DeAngelis retired after 35 years at Columbine. He has been called upon to speak about recovery after a school tragedy at a variety of conferences and has assisted as a consultant after other violent school events.

During Thursday's morning seminar session, he will deliver the presentation “On Any Given Day: Leadership Lessons from Columbine and Beyond.”

The afternoon speaker will be Mia Ray Langheim, school intelligence officer from the Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center of the Illinois State Police. Her topic will be “Improving School Safety Through Lessons Learned.” This presentation will reflect on threats and trends that could affect school safety, along with lessons learned from school shooting incidents.

Langheim also will present information on the free School Safety Information Sharing Program, which aids in safety through information sharing from local, state and federal agencies with Illinois schools.

The seminar, conducted by the La Salle County Juvenile Justice training committee, is directed toward law enforcement, school personnel, social workers, probation and juvenile detention officers and the community. The cost to attend is $40. Persons may register at the door and pay with cash or check made payable to the Youth Service Bureau from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at the IVCC Cultural Centre, 815 North Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby. IVCC student registration is available for $25. The seminar runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break for lunch.

The seminar is sponsored by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Probation and Court Services Department, the Illinois Valley Crime Prevention Commission, the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office, the La Salle County Detention Home, La Salle County Health Department, Youth Service Bureau of the Illinois Valley, La Salle County Court Appointed Special Advocates, the Regional Office of Education, the La Salle/Putnam Educational Alliance for Special Education and North Central Behavioral Health Systems.

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