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“Safe At School: Twin Cities High School Students Speak Out On Guns”

WCCO And The Star Tribune Editorial Board Forum

March 22, 2018 - 8:37 am

WCCO Radio and the Star Tribune teamed up to host a panel discussion on school safety and gun violence made up entirely of Minnesota high school students Wednesday afternoon in the Cambria Gallery on 7th.  Five students discussed efforts to protect schools, gun control, and mental heath services.  

Walter Treat is a senior at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria and he says the focus should be on dealing with mental health.  "Overall, it's just better to actually target the problem at it's source, rather than at it's symptoms.  That way you can avoid overly broad measures that will end up impacting people besides who it's intended to impact", said Walter.  

But Adrian Ali-Caccamo, a junior at St. Paul Central, says access to guns must be addressed. "I would disagree that's the only step we should take, or that that's necessarily the source of the issue.  If we look at gun violence, internationally, the United States far outpaces other nations in terms of gun deaths, and gun massacres that we have.  But we are by no means the only country that has mental health issues.  

On student, Damon Brown, a senior at Minneapolis North, is participating Saturday in the "March of Our Lives" in Washington D.C.  The other two students represented Orono and Edina High Schools.   

The Star Tribune's Denise Johnson and WCCO's Adam Carter co-moderated the discussion.  The podcast is available and you can listen by clicking here.  The Star Tribune will have video of the forum available this coming weekend along with a feature on the Editorial Page.  

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