Panel talks gun safety

— Since the Connecticut massacre, McMahon has been reassigned from road patrol to work on security with school districts in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.

“I have yet to find any districts that have major shortcomings,” he said.

Robinson said Shenendehowa administrators and staff have benefited from training in “incident command,” the system used by emergency responders to immediately assign response roles and assess unexpected situations.

“School safety is enhanced most through increased awareness,” Robinson said. “As we always encourage our students, if you see something, say something.”

Final solutions

When asked what those in the audience should take away from the forum, each panelist came up with different answers. Donohue said answers lie in education, in working with parents and children. Robinson felt the discussion proved there is a combination of things everyone needs to do.

“It is a collective effort to try to provide safety and support,” he said. “We can’t have a false sense of security.”

McMahon said every school should have a threat assessment program to try to better understand and prevent school violence.

Armao said schools need to develop media literacy training courses in which students can talk about violence in movies, video games, and TV shows.

Kelleher said the state should take steps to provide better access to mental health services.

Finally, Aimee Allaud, who is the Elections/Government Specialist for the NYS League of Women Voters, advised members of the audience to let their representatives know their opinions in order to make and change possible.

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