Rep. Kennedy to hold a press conference to discuss Utah School Safety Commission

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2018

Aundrea Peterson
Utah House of Representatives

Rep. Kennedy to hold a press conference to discuss Utah School Safety Commission
Protecting our children

Keeping children safe is a high priority for everyone. With the rise of school threats, now more than ever is the time to rally together to come up with solutions.

Rep. Mike Kennedy assembled an uncompensated commission, Utah School Safety (USS), that will review policies directed at increasing safety in our schools. Robust dialog amongst elected officials, stakeholders, doctors, professors, parents, teachers and community members will help develop Utah solutions to increase measures to protect the safety of children across the state.

During the press conference, elected officials and stakeholders will review the plan and the purpose of the USS Commission.

Capitol Building, Gold Room
350 State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Thursday, March 1, 9:45 a.m.

Rep. Mike Kennedy, District 27
Members of the Utah School Safety Commission

Members of the Utah School Safety (USS) Commission:

  • Terryl Warner, board member of the Utah State Board of Education
  • Clark Aposhian, chairman of the board of the Utah Shooting Sports Council
  • Dallas Earnshaw, Psychiatry doctor at Wasatch Mental Health
  • John Hoffmann, professor at Brigham Young University
  • Keith Squires, commissioner for the Utah Department of Public Safety
  • Ron Gordon, general counsel at the Office of the Governor, Utah
  • Bryan Turner, director of Architectural Services at Davis School District
  • Heidi Matthews, president, Utah Education Association
  • Two High School Students (to be determined)

Representatives who were at the press conference though not part of the commission.

  • Rep. Mike Kennedy
  • Speaker Greg Hughes
  • Rep. Ray Ward
  • Rep. Steve Handy
  • Rep. Merrill Nelson
  • Rep. Marie Poulson
  • Rep. Carol Spackman Moss

Submit suggestions to USS here

Video of the press conference can be found here.

2 thoughts on “Rep. Kennedy to hold a press conference to discuss Utah School Safety Commission

  1. Carolina Morrison March 7, 2018 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Heidi Mathews would you take a moment to read the comments under Lt Governor’s site under ‘ lets talk about Suide.
    I would like to see a program well cover for crisis situations, bullied kids need support and having the one person they trust with them is one of the needs.
    I would love for all the schools in Utah to have a buddie program available for kids like Kai.
    I was a peer tutor at Bingham my last year in high school for Special Education and we made those kids feel protected, loved and cool.
    Nothing like it this days, I promise to sign my up to start if it happens, we have talked about it.
    I love my son and I almost lost him last month because of bullying and his doctor believe that Zolof up to 100mg was the answer, I am against medication but I said I would try for 3 month, he disagree that the medication was killing my son as he went through and over all the warnings side effects but he insisted would not take a no for an answer, I asked my attorney what my rights were because even after the suicide attempt he needed a second opinion but it was hell trying to find a psychiatrist to see him because of age, insurance not cover under, etc., my attorney didn’t answer my question and I didn’t have money to keep calling him, I was taking him off the medication slowly against his doctor’s ok because he didn’t stand to help me, he had his nurse supervisor torture me giving me numbers to call and it was so challenging for me to repeat myself as I was turn down and I kept crying on every call, I was mad, afraid in so many ways, I lost my job unfairly.
    I had to prove to the workforce why I can’t leave my son alone to start working and begged to keep him insure.
    I am afraid for my baby boy and honestly it lost a long time until I feel that he is safe.
    I have reach out to a lot of you and hopefully something gets done.
    Thank You.
    Carolina Morrison
    My son is Kai Morrison.

  2. Pedro J. Perez March 3, 2018 at 2:38 am - Reply

    Very interesting. Thank you very much for your support. I usually read a lot about it. There are very good writers and books.

    Self-Help Book and Personal Growth

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