REDWOOD CITY (KCBS) — A first-of-its-kind conference in Redwood City on Monday sought to address school shootings and looks for solutions in how to prevent them.
Dozens of teachers, police officers and mental health professionals discussed ways to prevent mass killings and the steps they can take even without new gun control legislation.
It was standing room only at the Oracle Conference Center where those who attended “Beyond Newtown: How to Ensure Safe Schools and Communities”, discussed how to identify possible school shooters before the worst happens.
San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier said law enforcement, educators and mental health workers need to be able to share information more easily.
“You’ve got HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996] and FERPA [Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act]; you have all these laws that say you can’t share information, but we need to be able to share information,” she said.
Tissier said law enforcement also needs to come up with a standardized response to school incidents, and they need to find gaps in mental health services.