How You Can Join a Local Conversation about Mass Shootings: Teri talks with MESBA's Kristie Schilling about an Event to get the Discussion Started

How You Can Join a Local Conversation about Mass Shootings: Teri talks with MESBA's Kristie Schilling about an Event to get the Discussion Started

February 28, 2018
MESBA's Kristie Schilling

17 dead at a school in Florida. It is the most recent mass shooting, and pointed at as the cause of several threats of violence in our area, including a parent who walked in to his child's classroom and right past the school office with a sign reading "gun." As the father was being arrested, he said, "I just wanted to point out the poor school security. Luckily, all I had in my had was a sign."

Security, guns, and mental health have been hot-button issues, especially for schools, as long as I've been a journalist. There's even a website tracking the numbers from 1990 to the present, and it shows just in the Midwest, there's been 44 incidents of gun violence, which resulted in 26 deaths and 66 people hurt. One almost 20 years ago still stands out for me, the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 which left 15 dead including the 2 suspects. This fairly early incident in my career, pushed our television news crew in Green Bay to travel the country, along with holding local listening sessions, all with the hope of finding answers. Our work won accolades, but in the end didn't really respond to the question, "What can we do?"

There is an event this Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Lussier Family Heritage Center starting at 5:30 pm, and it is open to all -- families, educators, mental health experts, police, and advocacy groups -- many of which are already signed up to help lead the discussion. The Monona East Side Business Alliance (MESBA) is the organizer behind it, and you can find more information, here.

MESBA's Executive Director Kristie Schilling recently joined me in-studio to talk about the hope for this gathering, and its goal to answer, "What can we do about mass shootings?"  You can hear our conversation below. Listen, and then attend to help find a solution.

 

MESBA's Kristie Schilling talks with Teri Barr about the community discussion, "Mass Shootings -- What Can We Do?"

MESBA's Kristie Schilling talks with Teri Barr about the community discussion, "Mass Shootings -- What Can We Do?"

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