Keeping girls S.A.F.E.

Situational awareness training to be offered to Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central girls


Kaitlin Presswood

Head of maintenance, Willie Coleman, SRO Bobby Presswood, and security paraprofessional Leticia Armstrong review security footage on Wednesday, Feb. 13. SRO Presswood plans to bring a situational awareness program to Memorial in the spring.

Kaitlin Presswood, Staff Writer

Female students at Elkhart Memorial and Central High School will soon be given the opportunity to participate in a situational awareness workshop aimed at giving them the knowledge they need to stay safe in their everyday lives.  

Julie Quesenbery, the School Resource Officer (SRO) for the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Indiana created a program for young women called Situational Awareness For Everyday or S.A.F.E.

After seeing SRO Quesenbery present at a training event, Elkhart Memorial SRO Bobby Presswood felt inspired to bring S.A.F.E. to Elkhart.

To prepare for the event, SRO Presswood and SRO Cody Skipper from Central  will be attending an event to learn how they can implement the program.

“The S.A.F.E event will be during the school day, with two parts,” Presswood said. “The first half of the day will be a classroom lesson, and the second half will be learning physical defense techniques.”

Set to be offered sometime this spring, it will be initially aimed towards senior girls getting ready to head off to college or the work field, but depending on the numbers, it may opened to underclassmen as well.

The event will be completely free and lunch will be provided.

Sign-ups will be during lunch as soon as dates are confirmed. Listen to announcements and check our GENESIS Twitter (@EMHS_GENESIS) account for updates on this event.