Safe and Sound Schools
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Safe and Sound Schools

Sandy Hook parent, Michele Gay, to share lessons learned from tragedy 


The Security Industry Association (SIA), in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus, will host an important panel discussion on “Securing America’s K-12 Schools.” Safe and Sound Schools’ executive director and co-founder Michele Gay will be among the expert panelists discussing how communities can come together after a tragic loss and improve school safety. Gay will share her personal experience of losing her daughter, Josephine Gay. As a former teacher and involved parent, Gay will share the lessons learned from Sandy Hook, focusing on how it has positioned her to help school communities prevent and better prepare for school safety issues.


Michele Gay is joined by three other panelists: Guy Grace, Director of Public Safety for the Littleton, Colorado, school district, Robert Quinn of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and David Woodward of the Indiana Department of Education.


U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
East Capitol St. and 1st St.
NEWashington DC


Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 12 p.m. ET during the SIA GovSummit public policy conference.


Michele Gay is available for interviews and photos. Please contact Martha Gonzalez Corona at to coordinate a time.


To attend as registered press, contact Mickey McCarter, SIA communications manager, at or 301-804-4704. Lunch is provided.

About Safe and Sound Schools

Safe and Sound Schools is a non-profit organization founded by the parents who lost their children during the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Winner of the 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools is dedicated to empowering communities to improve school safety through discussion, collaboration, planning, and sharing of information, tools, and resources. To get involved, visit