By Shannon Johnson
On Oct. 30, students gathered at the Baker schools for Positive Choices, a program that encourages students to make healthy and constructive decisions regarding drugs, alcohol and relationships.
This year’s speaker, 2002 Baker High School graduate Kylan Klauzer, has been a law enforcement officer for the past 14 years after graduating from Dickinson State University with his master’s degree in Public Administrations.
Currently, Klauzer lives in Dickinson with his wife and their two daughters. He currently serves in roles as the senior SWAT Team Leader, a combatives/use of force instructor, and a polygraph examiner. He recently graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, as well.
In his years in law enforcement, Klauzer has also served as a patrolman, a less lethal munitions instructor and a Taser instructor.
Klauzer’s love of speaking to and helping children came from the way his own family history of domestic violence, alcoholism and substance abuse shaped the person who he is today, as he chose to rise above the generational family patterns by accepting responsibility for his own outcome.
After speaking to the students in Baker, a parent/adult session was held at the Longfellow School Gymnasium, with childcare provided, as well as snacks and refreshments.