WPSU to air panel discussion about school violence prevention

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- WPSU will broadcast “Preventing School Violence: From Community Awareness to Evidence-Based Policies and Practices," at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, on WPSU-TV.

The panel discussion was recorded in front of a live audience on April 1 in the lobby of the Outreach Building in Innovation Park. It was sponsored by Penn State and Centre County’s five school districts.

John-Michael Keyes, whose daughter was killed in a 2006 shooting at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colo., opened up the discussion. Following his talk, Penn State Public Media’s Patty Satalia moderated a discussion on violence in schools and the research being done at Penn State to prevent similar tragedies.

The panel included Penn State Distinguished Professor of Psychology Karen Bierman and Brian Bumbarger, director of Penn State’s EPISCenter, both members of Penn State’s Network for Child Protection and Well-Being; Rebecca Bywater, manager of threat assessment and community education for Penn State University Police, and Randy K. Rockey, director of emergency management for Centre County.

Event sponsors included Penn State World Campus, Penn State Continuing Education, Penn State Social Science Research Institute, The Network on Child Protection and Well-Being, Penns Valley Area School District, Bald Eagle Area School District, Bellefonte Area School District, State College Area School District and Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. WPSU is part of Penn State Outreach, which serves more than 5 million people each year, in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated April 26, 2013