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Hillsborough County Public Schools to Host School Safety Discussion Organized by CLEW

March 09, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (March 9, 2018) – Students from Pierce Middle School will take part in a school safety discussion with law enforcement during an upcoming Community and Law Enforcement Workshop & Services Program (CLEW).

The event will be held Monday, March 19, from 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Pierce Middle School, located at 5511 N. Hesperides Ave. in Tampa. 

The students from Pierce Middle School will interact with Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies with the goal of creating trust, understanding and dialogue in order for students and deputies to work together toward greater intercultural understanding. 

A roundtable discussion will take place at 10 a.m. with approximately 40 students and ten sheriff’s deputies focusing on student safety in schools. Students and deputies will discuss how to prevent future violence such as the tragic shootings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This is an opportunity for honest, open dialogue to brainstorm and come up with recommendations.

This event was organized and scheduled prior to the tragic shootings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.

The Community and Law Enforcement Workshop & Services Program - CLEW -- began in 2016 and is a community-organized program not directly run by law enforcement or our school district. It is funded by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and by the United Way Suncoast. Other sponsors include Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) and the Corporation to Develop Communities (CDC) of Tampa, Inc. The program consists of seven four-hour workshops held during school hours in middle and high schools in Hillsborough County.

For additional information about the CLEW program, please call Program Manager, Fred Hearns at (813) 545-3183.

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