Citing a groundswell of public and legislative interest, a rise in school shootings nationwide, and a recent incident at Middletown High School, state Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown, will host and moderate a panel on school safety in Glasgow Monday, June 18.

The forum, open to the public, will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Glasgow High School auditorium, 1901 S. College Ave., Newark.

The panel will feature speakers with a wide range of backgrounds from government leaders in education and public safety to law enforcement and mental health advocates.

Along with Sen. Hansen, the panel will include:

State Rep. Earl Jaques, D-Glasgow,

Sec. Robert Coupe, Department of Homeland Security,

Matt Burrows, superintendent, Appoquinimink School District,

Edward Mayfield, Delaware State Police (Ret.) and assistant to the superintendent and director of operations, Christina School District,

Brian Moore, school climate & discipline program manager, Department of Education,

Robert Moody, Delaware State Police (Ret.) and school resource officer,

Annie Slease, Sandy Hook Promise and director of advocacy & education, NAMI.

After introducing panelists, Sen. Hansen will lead a discussion including:

The federal Omnibus School Safety Act of 2012, which led to the Comprehensive School Safety Program, and implementation of school safety plans;

Appoquinimink School District’s school safety plan, its implementation, and lessons learned from the recent incident at Middletown High School;

Data on school shootings since 2012;

Areas of focus for school safety from the perspective of law enforcement, mental health advocates, and educators;

Legislative efforts on school safety.

All remaining time will be allotted for questions from the audience.