Xenia Institute to Host Voices of Norman Community Forum Centered on School Security and Safety

Date of Press Release: 
Wed, 03/21/2018
Press Release By: 
The Xenia Institute for Social Justice

On Thursday, April 5, the Xenia Institute for Social Justice will sponsor the fourth in a series of events titled “Voices for Norman:  The Community and the Police in Conversation.” The event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 555 South University in Norman, beginning at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to all Norman residents.

In response to the school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida, the April 5th event will focus on prevention of and readiness for critical incidents in the Norman schools.  A conversation among Norman Police Chief Keith Humphrey; Jennifer Newell of the Oklahoma School Security Institute, and Justin Milner, Chief Operating Officer for the Norman Public Schools, will be followed by audience questions.

“The Xenia series began as conversations between the community and the police after a number of widely publicized and tragic incidents between citizens and police in other cities,” explained Rev. David Spain, President of the Xenia Institute. “A goal for this conversation is to ease the minds of parents so they are not afraid to send their children to school”, Chief Humphrey said.  “We particularly want to try to erase students’ fears of going to school.”

“Relationships are key to success in emergency planning,” added Jennifer Newell.  “It is hoped that as a result of this conversation involving the school system, police, and the community, students and staff will feel safer at school and parents will feel less anxiety when their children are at school.”

The Xenia Institute for Social Justice promotes transformation through dialogue.  The Institute works to bring individuals, organizations, businesses and agencies together in ways that foster safe environments for dialogue to facilitate powerful and meaningful action.

For more information, contact Rev. David Spain at 329-2192.