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Police officer leads active shooter safety presentation

Rensselaer Police Deputy Chief Warren Famiglietti gives active shooter safety training presentation at Genet Elementary School.

East Greenbush Central School District hosted a free active shooter safety presentation at Genet Elementary School on Tuesday evening for school staff, parents and community members. The presentation was titled Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) and was led by East Greenbush and Rensselaer police officers.

The course provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

“You don’t have to be a victim,” Detective Sergeant Michael Guadagnino told News10 at the event. “You have the right to defend yourself and others, and I think that’s a common misconception. People don’t understand that they can do whatever it takes to help other people.”

This was the first of three safety presentations that will be offered to district staff and parents this school year. Other topics will include Dangers of Vaping and the Fight to Combat the Heroin and Opioid Crisis (January 28, 2020) and Social Media Safety (March 18, 2020).

These informational presentations support the district’s goals of continuing positive collaborative relationships with families and cultivating a safe environment for students and staff.

“It’s just a reminder that school safety and our student safety, in general, is the top priority,” Assistant Superintendent James McHugh told News10.

Click here to learn more about school safety in the East Greenbush CSD.