High school students learning about college safety issues

First-ever campus safety program held at West Springfield High School

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Seniors at West Springfield High School learned Wednesday about some of the issues they could face in college next year.

The high school held its first-ever college campus safety program. West Springfield High School’s “Safe Team” coordinated the event to show students what they can expect in college, and address any pre-college concerns.

UMass Police teamed-up with the Hampden County District Attorney’s Youth Advisory Board to touch upon everything from drugs and alcohol to personal and relationship safety. UMass Police Lt. Tom O’Donnell told 22News that college is the first time that many of these students will be on their own.

“The experiences that they have are really dictated by themselves, instead of teachers and parents that sort of guide them right now,” O’Donnell said.

Students from Elms College were also there to talk to students about college stress.