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School Shooting

Students at Monroe Community College are expressing outrage after the college launched an active shooter drill on its Brighton campus this week without telling them the lockdown was planned. The college has since apologized for error and said it would ensure all future drills are identified.

Many students took to social media, saying they feared for their lives. They say in today’s climate, all drills should come with a warning. But some critics say such drills are not effective if those involved know there isn’t an actual emergency; they say the anxiety produced by unannounced drills leads people to react authentically and take the instances seriously.

We talk about how active shooter drills should be handled with our guests:

  • Tony Perez, chief of public safety at MCC
  • Kevin Booker, MCC student
  • Irvin Williamson, MCC student
  • Audrey Sample, MCC student

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

Examining shooting response in social media

Dec 14, 2012

The shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut has generated massive responses on social media sites.

Professor of media at St. John Fisher College, Tom Proietti, says while social media is a good outlet for grief, support, or anger in a situation like this, it is not necessarily the place to go for information.

“I think it’s really important for all of us to know that most of what we see on social media is highly emotional in nature and not necessarily fact checked.”

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS: Your Reaction to the Shootings

Dec 14, 2012

What is your reaction to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut?  Share your experience with WXXI News.  We are collecting brief comments, short essays, poems, and other expressions from our community.  Please take a moment to let us know how you feel.  Our news staff will share some of these responses online or contact you to discuss sharing them on air.