USM's NCS4 hosting first national after-school safety summit

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - School administrators, resource officers and athletic directors from across the country will gather in Hattiesburg this weekend to try to improve safety and security at interscholastic and extra-curricular events at high schools.

The University of Southern Mississippi's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is hosting the first-ever, three-day summit.

The goal is to develop a first edition of a "Best Practices Guide for High School Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities."

That guide will be presented during another national conference in Orlando this summer.

"You have 8 million boys and girls and coaches and advisers that participate in after-school activities in this country," said Dr. Lou Marciani, director of NCS4. "To top it off, 336 million people come back on these high school campuses after school, so the campus changes at four o'clock, the environment changes, the security needs change," he said.

The summit will be held from March 21-23.