HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is about to launch a new program which is designed to make after-school events at high schools safer.
The "Risk Management for Interscholastic Athletics and After School Activities" course will be ready in March.
It's designed for school superintendents, law enforcement officers, athletic directors and principals.
Wednesday, NCS4 hosted a first-ever, training session for people who will teach the new course at school districts across the country.
"The goal here is to address all after-school activities and those inter-scholastic athletics, anywhere from a high school graduation to a Friday night football game, all the way down to the chess club meetings and the drama club meetings," said Daniel Ward, training exercise and assessment coordinator for NCS4.
"It's a huge gap that's been overlooked and (NCS4) is doing an outstanding job of putting some players together that will hopefully be able to carry this message around the country," said Larry Johnson, a participant from Grand Rapids, Michigan who is a member of the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials.
About a half-dozen people took part in Wednesday's session.