Keeping Our Schools Safe

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.

Keeping Our Schools Safe airs Thursday, February 21st at 8:00pm on WSKG TV.

 

Where can you learn more?

February 18th - February 22nd at 7:00pm on WSKG TV
PBS NewsHour presents special programming focusing on topics tied to the Newtown tragedy, including violence in the media, gun control policy and how cities like Aurora, Colorado are moving on after a similar tragedy. more info

February 19th at 9:00pm on WSKG TV
Guns in America
In April 1775, it took the Minuteman roughly fifteen seconds to load, aim, and fire each musket at the advancing British Redcoats in Lexington, Massachusetts. In December 2012, at a primary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Adam Lanza was able to fire off dozens of rounds with an assault-type weapon in a mere sixty seconds. Gun technology has evolved a great deal since the Colonial era. So too has America's gun culture. With an estimated 300 million firearms in circulation, the nation is saturated with firearms and overwhelmed by the human toll they've taken. Over thirty people die every day from a gun-related injury. Guns in America is an unprecedented exploration of America's enduring relationship with firearms

February 19th at 10:00pm on WSKG TV
FRONTLINE: Raising Adam Lanza
In the wake of the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, FRONTLINE investigates a young man and the town he changed forever. Adam Lanza left behind a trail of death and destruction, but little else. He left no known friends, no diary. He destroyed his computer and any evidence it might have provided. His motives, and his life, remain largely a mystery. In collaboration with The Hartford Courant, FRONTLINE looks for answers to the central-and so far elusive question: who was Adam Lanza? Also this hour: In the aftermath of the tragedy, President Obama called for a national conversation about guns in America. Nowhere is that conversation more intense than in Newtown, where FRONTLINE finds a town divided and explores how those closest to the tragedy are now wrestling with our nation's gun culture and laws.


Watch Raising Adam Lanza Preview on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

February 20th at 9:00pm on WSKG TV
NOVA: Mind of a Rampage Killer
What makes a person walk into a theater or a church or a classroom full of students and open fire? What combination of circumstances compels a human being to commit the most inhuman of crimes? Can science in any way help us understand these horrific events and provide clues as to how to prevent them in the future? As the nation tries to understand the tragic events at Newtown, NOVA correspondent Miles O'Brien separates fact from fiction, investigating new theories that the most destructive rampage killers are driven most of all, not by the urge to kill, but the wish to die. Could suicide and the desire to go out in a media-fueled blaze of glory be the main motivation? How much can science tell us about a brain at risk for violence? Most importantly, can we recognize dangerous minds in time -- and stop the next Newtown?

 


Watch Mind of a Rampage Killer Preview on PBS. See more from NOVA.


February 20th at 10:00pm on WSKG TV
The Path to Violence
Ever since the wake-up call that was Columbine, schools and law enforcement have developed multiple strategies to prevent attacks. Indeed, the horror of Newtown needs to be seen in a context that's not defined by defeat. Remarkably, more than 120 school assaults have been thwarted in the past ten years. But, while security hardware and physical barriers can play a deterrent role, it's been psychologists working hand in hand with law enforcement officers who have come up with the most helpful tools to prevent violent attacks. The Path to Violence tells the story of a powerfully effective Secret Service program - the Safe School Initiative - that's helped schools detect problem behavior in advance. Yet, despite the progress made, recent attacks reveal a gaping hole in our safety net. Can the hard-won gains made by social psychologists and law enforcement be extended to encompass the parents and families of some of the nation's most violent individuals?

February 22nd at 8:00pm on WSKG TV
Washington Week with Gwen Ifill
Moderator and Managing Editor Gwen Ifill will feature a segment discussing how Washington lawmakers are addressing the issue of gun control.

February 22nd at 8:30pm on WSKG TV
Need To Know
Need To Know explores the ripple effects of a single fatal shooting incident. Twenty years ago, an 18-year-old freshman and his professor were shot dead at a small Massachusetts college. The killer was apprehended, convicted and sent to prison. But the events that day continue to reverberate all these years later for the victim’s family, the killer and his family, others wounded that day, school administrators accused of not doing enough to prevent the shooting and still others in the community.

Innovation Trail series on guns and economics in New York State

 

On the WSKG WORLD Channel

February 18th - February 22nd at 10:00pm
February 19th - February 23rd at 3:00am
PBS NewsHour presents special programming focusing on topics tied to the Newtown tragedy, including violence in the media, gun control policy and how cities like Aurora, Colorado are moving on after a similar tragedy. more info

February 20th at 10:00am, 4:00pm, 6:00pm and 9:00pm
February 21st at 2:00am
FRONTLINE: Raising Adam Lanza

February 21st at 8:00am, 2:00pm and 7:00pm
February 22nd at 12:00am
NOVA: Mind of a Rampage Killer

February 22nd at 8:00am, 2:00pm and 7:00pm
February 23rd at 12:00am
Guns in America

February 22nd at 9:00am, 3:00pm and 8:00pm
February 23rd at 1:00am
The Path to Violence

February 23rd at 6:30am and 8:00pm
February 24th at 1:30am

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill
Moderator and Managing Editor Gwen Ifill will feature a segment discussing how Washington lawmakers are addressing the issue of gun control.

February 23rd at 8:00am, 2:00pm and 9:00pm
February 24th at 2:30am

Need To Know
Need To Know explores the ripple effects of a single fatal shooting incident. Twenty years ago, an 18-year-old freshman and his professor were shot dead at a small Massachusetts college. The killer was apprehended, convicted and sent to prison. But the events that day continue to reverberate all these years later for the victim’s family, the killer and his family, others wounded that day, school administrators accused of not doing enough to prevent the shooting and still others in the community.

 

More info about the PBS NewsHour special programming

Monday, February 18th A report on how the community of Aurora, Colorado, scene of last summer’s shooting spree in a movie theater, is reacting to the national debate stirred by Newtown and the recommendations for reducing violence proposed by the Biden task force. The town has recently been reliving the details of its own tragedy during the recent pre-trial hearings for the alleged killer.

Tuesday, February 19 NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown taps into a discussion about the connections—or lack of connections—between violent video games and violent behavior. The Newtown killer reportedly spent hours playing such games, but is there any evidence that one thing leads to the other?

Wednesday, February 20th NewsHour Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien explores what scientists know, and don’t know, about adolescent brain development and what risk factors may lead a young person to violent behavior.

Thursday, February 21st NewsHour delivers a report from Florida, the first state to record more than one million requests for permits to carry concealed weapons. The story explores the increase in requests for gun licenses in the wake of Newtown, and the arguments for and against concealed carry laws in the state where Trayvon Martin’s killing is still a fresh memory.

Friday, February 22nd From Chicago, a look at gun violence as a public health issue. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently shared that many more children die of gunshot wounds every day in Chicago than are killed by mass murderers in a year. PBS NewsHour explores how the Administration’s proposals for gun violence might change that statistic.