Catamount Arts Pledges Safety

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Catamount ArtsSAINT JOHNSBURY- The tragic events that occurred on Monday during the Jason Aldean concert at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas were less than ideal. 59 helpless civilians were shot dead and more than 200 others were left wounded by 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, leaving many to doubt that anywhere in the world is safe.

            After the horrific massacre that took place, not only is the conversation of gun control in the United States continuing, but also a conversation of venue safety has been sparked.

            Catamount Arts in Saint Johnsbury has coordinated many indoor events and has sponsored several outdoor events at their institution. Some events include the OSHER lectures throughout the Northeast Kingdom,and First Night around New Year’s Eve, since its founding in 1975. Assistant Director, Ashley Vanzandt explains that it’s great to have an open line of communication with local law enforcement that in the event of a threat or act of terror, Catamount Arts has measures to protect its guests and provide the safest experience possible. “We are seconds away from the police department, fire department, [and Calex Ambulance]; they’re literally right up the road. So a call to 9-1-1 would take seconds,” said Vanzandt.

            Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of the horrific act of violence that took place in Las Vegas, NV.