The entire nation has been shaken by the brutal killings of 20 children and six adults from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Less discussed has been the pervasive gun violence in some urban communities. Last year in Oakland, nearly 150 kids under the age of 18 were victims of shootings. Six were killed. We discuss the effects of gun violence on a community. How does it impact children and their families, and what can be done to help?
Living With Gun Violence
Troy Flint, spokesperson for the Oakland Unified School District and member of the crisis response team that responds to violent incidents on or off-campus that affect students and their families
Paula Pringle, president and founder of Save Our Little Children; she lost both her sons to shootings in Oakland in 2001 and 2003
Cindy Hill-Ford, director of mental health services for Catholic Charities of the East Bay
Sheila Blandon, Youth Advisory Board member for Youth Radio
Allison Briscoe-Smith, director of the Center for the Vulnerable Child at Children's Hospital, Oakland