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Connections: The language we use when talking about school shootings

Feb 16, 2018

Yet another mass shooting has happened at an American school. The shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday is one of the deadliest school shootings in modern U.S. history. The 19-year-old gunman killed 17 students and staff members when he carried an AR-15 rifle into the building. What will it take to stop these shootings? And what will and should schools do in response?

We’re joined by local superintendents who share the steps they’re taking in their districts, and how they talk to students about these incidents. We also discuss the language we use when we talk about our children. The conversation comes after a senator referred to children as “valuable assets” and recommended schools improve their security measures.

Our panelists share their insight, and we take your questions and comments. Our guests:

  • Patrick Blanchfield, freelance journalist and academic, and associate faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
  • Trina Newton, superintendent of the Geneva Central School District
  • Kimberle Ward, superintendent of Gates Chili Central School District
  • David Inzana, director of safety and security at the Hilton Central School District