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Coping With Gun Violence, Together - feat. Gretchen Felopulos, PhD

Season 6, Ep. 9

With increasing gun violence and constant media coverage, many kids are scared to go to concerts, to malls, to school. Many adults are feeling the same. Today, special guest Gretchen Felopulos, PhD, the education and training lead for the Center for Gun Violence Prevention at MGH, joins Gene and Khadijah to help us learn more about gun safety, youth suicide, best practices for lockdown drills, talking about guns to those with opposing views, and so much more. Be sure to see the resources, below.

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Gretchen Felopulos, PhD (LinkedIn)

Center for Gun Violence Prevention (Massachusetts General Hospital)

Twitter, TikTok, and Siloization (The Medium)

Firearm suicide among America’s youth has hit its highest rate in 20 years, report finds (CBS News)

Talking to Kids About Fear and Violence (Mental Health America)

Can Community Programs Help Slow the Rise in Violence? (ProPublica)

Are active shooter drills worth it? (Vox)

Active Shooter Situations: Threat Assessment Teams (TAT) (REMS TA Center)

School shooting false alarms, swatting calls put teachers, students and parents on edge (PBS News Hour)

Nine Ways to Help Students Discuss Gun Violence (Greater Good Magazine)

How to Have a Productive Conversation About Guns with Someone Who Holds Different Views? (The Trace)

Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) or “Red Flag” Laws (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Activism Is Good for Our Teens (MGH Clay Center)

Keep the Peace Contract (Boys Town)

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Episode produced by Sara Rattigan

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