• School massacre inspires safety summit

    by  • January 23, 2013 • News

    While the Connecticut school massacre last month was the inspiration for Tuesday’s school safety summit, those participating say you need to examine the problem from a certain distance.

    Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health says violence actually peaked around the latepat quinn eighties , or early nineties with the crack cocaine.

    He says the school shootings are “just a spillover of societal violence and that we have to talk about violence in a more global sense; not just school shooting violence, which happens very, very rarely.

    Another leader says being proactive can be difficult, because the warning signs are inconsistent.

    Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken said when the FBI did a study on the last ten years’ worth of mass shootings, they found that in 80-percent of those shootings, someone peripheral to the perpetrator had specific information to know something was going to happen, and in 60-percent of cases, there were two or more people who knew.

    Hasbrouck noted while school gunmen do tend to have mental health problems, the problem of “school shootings is just the tip of the iceberg.”

    Since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., school safety has been a big topic of discussion.

    After that massacre, Gov. Pat Quinn announced he would hold a school safety summit with representatives from emergency, health, and teaching professions to discuss what actions to take.

    Following Tuesday’s summit, the governor spoke to reporters and did not say the word gun. He alluded to the massacre that happened in the school in Newtown and the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, but was not specific.

    Also the NRA was not included in the school safety discussion.

    According to the governor, Tuesday’s participants wanted to visit with those who are in education and law enforcement, adding they are the public servants whose voices aren’t always heard.”