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January 24, 2014

Speliotis picked for statewide school safety task force

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Speliotis said he was impressed by the response by Danvers school and town officials to the Ritzer murder.

“In my mind, they were prepared because they were part of NEMLEC (North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council),” said Speliotis, who praised the agency’s expertise in handling such traumatic situations. “I was very impressed by them and what went on.”

An important aspect of the task force’s work will be to find ways to head off school violence, rather than react to it. One way might be to address what may be going on in the lives of young men, Speliotis said.

Speliotis said in the near future, a forum with the Danvers School Committee might be a way to get the community’s view on the issue. Crane said a forum on school safety might make sense, though the timing would have to be right.

Danvers has had a school safety plan in place for years, and it is reviewed each year with police and fire officials. The information Danvers might provide Speliotis about its emergency planning efforts “may help other communities,” Crane said.

The state task force is expected to report its findings by the end of the summer in time for the upcoming school year.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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