Jefferson County, Colo., math teacher David Benke, who tackled a school shooter at Deer Creek Middle School last February, will be honored on a national level at the National School Safety Conference held in Orlando, Fla., July 26-30.
Deer Creek Middle School, located just blocks from Columbine High School in Jefferson County, was the site of what could have been a major school campus shooting after a 32-year old male walked onto campus and opened fire on middle school students. The shooter shot and wounded two students and was looking to continue his rampage when David Benke ran and tacked the armed gunman, putting an end to a tragic event.
More than 400 school safety professionals, school resource officers, school administrators and elected leaders are expected to attend the week-long event that will also recognize several other school districts, law enforcement agencies and individuals who positively impacted school safety in their areas of the country.
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