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School Safety Panel Discussion (2012)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-12-21

Duration: 00:20:35

Subjects: Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, Newtown, Conn., 2012 | School safety and security | Mental Health | Mass shootings | Gun Control


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • James, Ted Panelist
  • Wilfong, Scott Panelist
  • Meche, Tim Panelist
  • Thomas, Rene Panelist


This segment from the December 21, 2012, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham leading a panel discussion on school safety following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The panelists are: State Representative Ted James; Scott Wilfong of the Republic Party of Louisiana; Tim Meche, attorney; and Rene Thomas of the Mental Health Association of Greater Baton Rouge. They discuss: the Louisiana Legislature’s possible response to this event; the recent passage of a constitutional amendment protecting the gun ownership rights of Louisiana citizens; the stigma of mental health; the possibility of placing armed security guards at schools; the possible ban of assault weapons; the recent cuts to mental health services; and the possibility of any new gun control measures.