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Mass shooting survivor addresses campus safety and what educators can do to help

Kristina Anderson was wounded in the 2007 VA Tech mass shooting and has been fighting for safe schools ever since

Hawaii educators are encouraged to attend the workshop, Recovery from Tragedy and Improving Safety in Our Community, hosted by The Queen's Medical Center.

Schools across the nation have been forced to prepare for potential active shooter events on campus, including drills or hands-on training.

In 2007, 32 people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured on the Virginia Tech University campus after a student gunman stormed several buildings. Kristina Anderson, a sophomore at the time, was shot three times.

On that day, her life changed forever. Her experience led to the establishment of The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a non-profit dedicated to helping local community and school stakeholders work together to prevent, respond, and heal in the aftermath of school violence.

As part of this year’s Hawaiian Islands Trauma Symposium sponsored by Queen’s and the State of Hawaii Department of Health, Anderson will share her personal story of injury and recovery, discuss threats to safety in schools, and propose initiatives to improve campus safety including youth education. She will also discuss the principles of Run, Hide, Fight and how drills, education, and training may save student and faculty lives.

Meanwhile, Queen’s staff will be on hand to answer questions about Hawaii's only Level 1 Trauma facility.

The workshop will take place Saturday, Aug. 10, from 2–3 p.m., at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort South Pacific Ballrooms I & II. Check in at the 6th floor lobby.

The workshop is free for all Hawaii Department of Education employees, though there is a limit of 150 participants and your RSVP is required.

Please RSVP by email to Christina Donayri at cdonayri@queens.org or (808) 691-7059 by Aug. 5.

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