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Former Columbine principal to speak at Hillview on Monday

by Angela Swartz

Frank DeAngelis was principal of Columbine High School 1999 when it became the site of the deadliest school shooting in the United States up to that time. He'll visit Hillview Middle School on Monday, Jan. 14, for a conversation about violence in schools.

It's been nearly 20 years since two students at the Littleton, Colorado, high school opened fire, killing 13 and wounding more than 20. Since then, there have been scores of violent incidents at schools across the country, including a mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last year.

DeAngelis will be in conversation with Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Erik Burmeister at the event: "From Columbine to Parkland: Is this the new normal?" Now a speaker and consultant on school safety and emergency management, DeAngelis will share his experience at Columbine before, during and after the 1999 shooting.

DeAngelis, who retired from Columbine in 2014, will also discuss violence, guns, and student mental health, among other topics.

While children are welcome at the district's Parent Education Speaker Series events, due to the content of this program, parent discretion is advised.

The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Hillview's Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park. There will be refreshments and free child care.

For more information, visit mpcsdspeakerseries.com. The event is free and no RSVP is necessary.

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