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‘Why Teens Kill’ forum drawing heavy interest

Updated: Thursday, March 20 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

wtov9.com
HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va.  –A seminar, “Why Teens Kill” is several weeks away in Weirton, but it’s garnering plenty of attention and the group sponsoring the training says it’s an issue that shouldn’t be swept under the rug.
Though the seminar doesn’t take place until April 22, organizers have had to move the location of the event to the Serbian Cultural Center to accommodate a much larger crowed than originally anticipated.
Last year’s conference, called “Drugs, the Destroyer of Families,” was a success, according to event sponsors at the Comfort House Child Advocacy Center in Weirton.
While this year’s topic sounds troubling, Comfort House’s James Penebaker says it’s a discussion deserving of attention.
“Nobody likes to think it could happen in their own community, in their own back yard, but really it could happen anywhere,” he said. “Just recently in national news was the situation where in Morgantown, nobody saw that coming. You hate to talk about it, but nobody in Sandy Hook saw it coming either.”
That is why the Comfort House decided to bring the training program to Weirton.  
A grant from the Hancock Savings Foundation helped to bring Phil Chalmers, who is billed as America’s leading authority on juvenile homicide and juvenile mass murder, in for the all-day training.
“For the last 25 years, he's been studying school shootings,” Penebaker said of Chalmers. “He’s written several books. One is called inside the minds of a teenage killer. He's been on several TV shows about it.”
So what are some of the seminar topics??
The speaker will touch on the causes of teen murder, warning signs to watch for, triggers that cause kids to kill, the so-called 5 Ds of school safety and the latest video games, music and movies.
“It’s an important topic,” Penebacker said. “People don't want to talk about it, but it's good to be prepared, and it's good to know some of the warning signs that he's going to go over, people need to evaluate their own kids. "
While the event is a great opportunity for law enforcement, social workers and counselors to get continuing education credit, it is also open to the public to help broaden knowledge on the topic.
For more information, contact Comfort House Child Advocacy Center at 304.723.0083 or e-mail: info@comforthousewv.com


‘Why Teens Kill’ forum drawing heavy interest


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