The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office wants to help locals spot school shooters before bullets start to fly.


Phil Chalmers will present the free public program, called “Why Teens Kill,” at 8 a.m. Aug. 9 at Grayson College’s Cruce Stark Auditorium in Denison.


After attending the training himself, GCSO Chief Deputy Tony Bennie told Grayson County Commissioners the department thought the training was so important it decided to use around $4,000 in seized money to pay for it.


“It was some of the most amazing training I have ever seen in my life,” Bennie said.


Bennie said the program went well beyond just teen violence.


“It basically just profiled the indicators to look for and some problems that people could spot for potential violence,” he said.


Listening to the program, Bennie said he began to think not only law enforcement should have access to the information he was hearing.


“I was thinking specifically school administrations here in Grayson County,” Bennie said before adding that the program would benefit not only administrators, but all school personnel, as well as parents of students in the local districts.


Chalmers website calls him, “American’s leading authority on juvenile homicide” and said he interviewed more than 200 teen killers to come up with what he calls “the warning signs, causes and triggers of today’s teen killers and school shooters.”


Bennie said the auditorium will hold up to 800 people and he hopes to pack the house.


Bennie said if it turns out more people show up than can fit in the auditorium, GCSO will consider bringing Chalmers back for another date.