Local Conversation

Keeping Our Schools Safe

Recent events have brought the issue of school safety to the forefront of discussions in the community; many parents and schools are worried about school safety. What steps are some of our schools and universities taking? Hear from a panel of local experts who will discuss the topic and answer questions. WSKG's Crystal Sarakas hosts.

Watch the 1-hour special at the bottom of this page or on YouTube.


Innovation Trail 
Public media reports on the economy and technology in upstate New York.

Following the introduction of the SAFE Act in New York state, the Innovation Trail reporting team in conjunction with WNYC/New York Public Radio, has prepared a series of programs backgrounding the economic context for gun manufacture and retail in New York.



WSKG's Matt Richmond examines the role of tax credits and other financial incentives used to to support arms manufacturing in the state.

"Every year, New York state gives out millions in tax incentives, loans and economic development grants to the private sector. Every state does it, and New York has little choice if it wants to prevent companies from leaving, but additional attention is now being paid to the incentives going to the state's gun industry."

Listen to "Millions in incentives go to firearms industry in New York" from WSKG.

Hear more from Innovation Trail's Reporting Focus: Guns & Economics.


Coping in Childhood

Unsure of how to help your students?  Looking for places to turn for advice and ideas?  This Coping document from WSKG Education provides a variety of resouces to help students cope with stressful and tramatic situations.



National Conversation

After Newtown
A conversation about guns and violence in America.

In response to the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, PBS broadcasted a series of special programs in February 2013. These thoughtful and thought-provoking documentaries, magazine and news pieces are meant to add context, depth and nuance to the national conversation about gun violence in America.  Listen, watch, and learn more from After Newtown.


Youth ViolenceFacts at a Glance

In a 2011 nationally representative sample of youth in grades 9-12:

  • 16% of male students and 7.8% of female students reported being in a physical fight on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey
  • 32.8% reported being in a physical fight in the 12 months preceding the survey; the prevalence was higher among males (40.7%) than females (24.4%)
  • 7.4% reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property one or more times in the 12 months preceding the survey

Read the full data sheet from the CDC Division of Violence Prevention.


School Violence: A Subset of Youth Violence

School violence is youth violence that occurs on school property, on the way to or from school or school-sponsored events, or during a school-sponsored event.

School violence occurs:

  • On school property
  • On the way to or from school
  • During a school-sponsored event
  • On the way to or from a school-sponsored event

Why is school violence a public health problem?  Who is at risk for school violence?  Read the 2013 Understanding School Violence Facts Sheet to learn more.



What Can We Do?

1) Talk with your children and students

"How to Handle Children’s Questions About Scary News" from The Parent Show with Angela Santomero:

Tornadoes. Tsunamis. Terrorists. There’s certainly no shortage of scary stories in the news. What do you do if your child starts asking questions that you’re not prepared to answer? Have no fear! Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, VP of Research and Education at Sesame Workshop, has some simple strategies to help you respond.



2) Start a "Not In Our School Campaign"

Download the Quick Start Guide today!

A Not In Our School Campaign (NIOS) is an ongoing commitment to empower students to create safe and inclusive environments that are free of bullying, anti-gay harassment, bigotry, racism, and all forms of intolerance." 

Learn more about the Not In Our School Campaign and browse lesson plans for educators, student videos with strategies for handling hate, and activities for all grade levels, Pre-K through college.


3) Youth Violence Prevention Strategies

"The goal for youth violence prevention is simple—to stop youth violence from happening in the first place. But the solutions are as complex as the problem.

Prevention efforts should aim to reduce factors that place youth at risk for perpetrating violence, and promote factors that protect youth at risk for violence. In addition, prevention should address all types of influences on youth violence: individual, relationship, community, and society. Effective prevention strategies are necessary to promote awareness about youth violence and to foster the commitment to social change."

Check out more resources available from the CDC Injury Center and search the list of "Effective & Promising Programs."



Keeping Our Schools Safe from WSKG