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Survivor of Virginia Tech mass shooting to speak Sept. 25 at MSU

Kristina Anderson will deliver “Safety is Personal: Lessons Learned as a Survivor of the Virginia Tech Tragedy,” at 7 p.m. in MSU’s Strand Union Building Ballrooms. The event is free and open to the public.

BOZEMAN — A woman who survived being shot three times during the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech will speak about her experience and about gun violence prevention during a September visit to Montana State University.

Kristina Anderson will deliver “Safety is Personal: Lessons Learned as a Survivor of the Virginia Tech Tragedy,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in MSU’s Strand Union Building Ballrooms. The event is free and open to the public.

During her talk, Anderson plans to share a candid, first-hand account of her personal experience, her journey toward recovery and her mission to educate others in how to take personal accountability to create active threat response plans. She will also discuss how to communicate the importance of violence prevention within society’s institutions of learning and other communities. During the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech where Anderson was critically injured, a gunman killed 32 people and injured 17 others.

“This event is an incredible opportunity to hear Ms. Anderson share her powerful story of survival,” said Steven Doner, captain with MSU University Police. “It’s also an important way to come together as a community to consider what we can and should be doing to prevent shootings from occurring in the first place.”

Anderson – an international advocate in the fields of bystander intervention, active shooter response and violence prevention within schools, work places and public spaces – is founder of the Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools. The non-profit provides training on the prevention of school and workplace violence, education on active shooter preparedness and consultation on post-crisis recovery. Anderson travels extensively across the U.S. and Canada to discuss the importance of preparedness and joint training between citizens, educators, law enforcement, emergency managers and first responders.

Anderson is also co-founder of LiveSafe, a mobile technology communication platform for sharing safety-related information. The platform is used by more than 100 college campuses, as well as corporations and hospitals. 

Anderson has delivered training to numerous law enforcement and government agencies, as well as schools and workplaces. She has trained school resource officers, university administrators, fire and emergency managers, FEMA, the FBI and private corporations. She is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in international studies. 

Anderson’s visit to MSU is being coordinated by University Police and the Office of the Dean of Students. Additional university sponsors include the MSU Parent's Fund and MSU Fraternity and Sorority Life.  

From MSU News Service 09/07/2018 Contact: Michael Becker, MSU News Service director, 406-994-4565 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This story is available on the web at: http://www.montana.edu/news/17964