S.Kavneet Singh with an attendee at the NASRO Convention
The American Sikh Council (ASC) participated at the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) Convention held at the LeConte Convention Center in downtown Pigeon Forge, TN held June 23 – 25, 2019.
Over three (3,500) thousand five hundred professional school resource officers – SRO (mostly police officers and many with families) from across the country attended this major annual event. These SROs attend this conference from across the nation once a year. This year the Tennessee Association of School Resource Officers (TNASRO) was also co-opted in this conference.
Kavneet Singh interacted with the school resource officers (SROs) by answering questions, discussing various issues from bullying to our history in America, while giving them multiple brochures about the, ‘Bullying of Sikh American Children’, ‘History of Sikh Americans’, ‘Sikhs and Scouts’ and the ‘Sustained Sikh Genocide 1984-1998’. Additionally, workbooks and academic books published by ASC were also displayed.
The direct face to face conversations with most of the SRO’s while tying turbans was another extremely effective way to educate the visitors about the Sikh faith, our values and the multiple challenges our children face in schools across the nation.
S.Kavneet Singh with a SRO at the ASC exhibit
Over the three days, Kavneet Singh interacted with hundreds of SROs, tied turbans, gave out brochures and created a buzz that was observed by hundreds of attendees. Many stopped by at the booth to share their sorrow about the massacre in August 2012 at the Oak Creek Gurdwara in Wisconsin where six innocent Sikh Americans were shot and many injured. Others mentioned Lt. Brian Murphy who was one of the first police officer’s on the scene and got shot in the melee during that time. He survived to tell his story and today continues to speak up on behalf of the Sikh American community across the nation.
The American Sikh Council’s exhibit drew a lot of attention in the convention. A sheriff from Mississippi commented, “This is exactly what was needed to change the ingrained and skewed perception of Sikh Americans by many of us at this event. Thank you for being here!”
S.Kavneet Singh with Don Bridges (past) President of the NASRO
Some of the SRO’s posted pictures with turbans on social media reaching scores across the nation!
The American Sikh Council (ASC) continues to collaborate with any entity which is connected to education, school children and protecting them and making sure that educating the educators continues in a positive and wholesome manner for a better tomorrow for all our children.
ASC’s continued grassroots work was a resounding success, and in order to sustain this ongoing effort ASC requests all the gurdwaras to step up and support the ongoing nationwide ASC initiatives to truly make a better tomorrow for our Sikh American children so that they walk tall in their dastars and be comfortable in their ‘Guru’ given identity.