(Seguin) -- When it comes to protecting your child, Guadalupe County's top law enforcement official is going straight to the expert for some answers.
Thanks to Guadalupe County Sheriff Arnold Zwicke, parents of local kids are invited to attend one of two public presentations being led by Phil Chalmers, a nationally recognized author, speaker, educator and crime expert. Chalmers will be in Guadalupe County this week talking to area students. He will also speak directly to parents and members of the community during special presentations of his "True Lies" program. The presentations will be held tonight at the American Legion Hall and on Thursday at the Seguin High School Performing Arts Center.
Initiating his visit to Guadalupe County is Sheriff Arnold Zwicke. Zwicke says not only does he help adults spot the causes and warning signs of school shooters but he also helps parents who are trying to steer their child away from destructive decisions.
"He studies all the serial killers, the teen killers and all that stuff that is out there today. He also takes you into looking at what your kids are doing on their cell phones, their video games and it's something that every parent needs to know. It's something that every business owner needs to know. It's something that every teacher, administrator, throughout the county, throughout America really, as well as law enforcement (need to know). We're having a special one day for law enforcement. We'll open it up to law enforcement for free just to get the message out of what this guy talks about," said Zwicke.
Chalmers, described as America's leading authority on juvenile homicide and serial killers, is the author of "Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer" and has been featured on the A&E TV show "Killer Kids."
He is credited for being "America's Leading Authority of Juvenile Homicide" and has interviewed hundreds of teen killers, school shooters, mass murderers and serial killers. He is also credited for being an expert on youth culture, violent entertainment, social media and dangerous phone apps.
Zwicke says recent events -- especially those that occurred too close to home have only intensified his efforts to bring the program to Seguin.
"It can be anyone's child. Probably the best way to sum that up is when I pulled up to the church at Sutherland Springs and walked up to Sheriff Tackitt and he looked at me and said, 'you know Arnold, they said it can't happen here, well guess what -- it just happened here.' It can happen in Guadalupe County just as easy. It can happen with the different things and with the more people that are aware of the warning signs, the clues that Phil Chalmers puts out there -- what to look for, what your kids are seeing in today's world on video, on TV, the rap singers, the social media, it's out there and it has a potential for danger. So no ones exempt -- rich or poor. It's something that I would just like for everyone in Guadalupe County to see and hopefully we never use it, but it could save a life and to say it could never happen here is -- I'm a firm believer, it could happen here," said Zwicke.
Protecting local youth is more than just a parent's responsibility. Zwicke says it has to be a community driven effort. Zwicke is especially looking for adults who work with youth to attend either one of the two public presentations.
"It's important to me because of the world we live in today, there's so many unknowns -- what's coming down the pipe at us and I want as many people to be aware of what's going on, what some of our problems are, how to identify these problems is probably the number one thing that he does. He helps parents, teachers, law enforcement identify warning signs and I think that's probably the most important thing. He's helping us identify what to look for, what may happen in our community," said Zwicke.
Zwicke says Chalmers will also be visiting with area high schools throughout the week.
Thanks to forfeiture funds, Zwicke will be introducing Chalmers to students in the Seguin, Marion and Navarro ISDs.
The first public presentation gets underway at 6 p.m. today at the American Legion located at 618 E. Kingsbury St. The second presentation is also set for 6 p.m. Thursday in the SHS Performing Arts Center.