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Making Schools Safe (2018)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Speech

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-03-28

Duration: 00:58:05

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | School safety and security | School police | Mental Health | Education


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Smith, Scott Interviewee
  • Whittington, Julian Interviewee
  • Johnson, Adam Interviewee
  • Medley, Megan Interviewee
  • Phares, Greg Speaker
  • Augustus, Anita Speaker
  • Basden, Alix Speaker
  • Pope, Janet Speaker
  • Naquin, Angelle Speaker
  • LeBoeuf, Brannon Speaker
  • Fuselier, Chad Speaker
  • Wilks, Brandon Speaker
  • Broussard, Carmen Speaker
  • Faulk, Mike Speaker
  • Rutherford, Cyndy Speaker
  • Broussard, Reed Speaker
  • Luzier, Marian Speaker
  • McBride, Kaye Speaker
  • Nelson, Susan Speaker
  • Landry, Alice Speaker
  • Ard, Jason Panelist
  • Muller, Betty Panelist
  • Riser, Neil Panelist
  • Richard, Scott Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from March 28, 2018, features Andre Moreau leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on preventing the threat of gun violence in Louisiana schools in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion, including a look at the school resource officer program in Bossier Parish. It includes interviews with: Superintendent Scott Smith of the Bossier Parish Schools; Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington; Lieutenant Adam Johnson, the chief of security for Bossier Parish Schools; and Dr. Megan Medley, a school psychologist. The audience members then share their views on how to make schools safe. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard; Dr. Betty Muller, a child and adolescent psychiatrist; State Senator Neil Riser; and Scott Richard, the executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association. They discuss: the threat of school shootings in Louisiana; the crisis intervention plans put together by schools; the need to improve mental health services in schools; the effectiveness of school resource officers; the importance of children learning conflict resolution; and the increase in student activism following the Parkland shooting. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Andre Moreau