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PACEs Connection Presents: Addressing the Epidemic of School Shootings Series


School shootings have had a devastating impact on communities worldwide. The psychological toll on students, teachers, and families is immense, leading to fear, trauma, and grief. These tragic events erode the sense of safety and security in educational institutions, hindering learning and academic performance. They also fuel debates on gun control, mental health, and the role of media. Preventing school shootings requires comprehensive strategies, including early intervention, improved security measures, and addressing the underlying causes of violence.

Although this is our reality, we, as a society, have experienced much adversity and have created solutions for change many times. We know that we can see positive impacts and outcomes now and in the future.

That is why...

PACEs Connection will gather experts for a three-day series on Addressing the Epidemic of School Shootings on October 4th, 11th, and 18th, 2023, from 11:00 AM CST to 4:00 PM CST for each session. Each of the three days will address different topics: prevention, impact, and response.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Day 1: Prevention

School shooting prevention is of utmost importance to ensure the safety and well-being of students. By implementing comprehensive measures like early intervention, trauma-informed practices, mental health support, threat assessment protocols, and stricter gun control, we can save innocent lives, preserve educational environments, and cultivate a culture of peace, fostering a brighter future for all. Childhood trauma can significantly impact individuals, and in some cases, it has been identified as a contributing factor in the lives of school shooters. Not all individuals who experience childhood trauma become school shooters, and the causes of such acts of violence are complex and multifaceted. However, the Journal of Pediatrics found that 72% of perpetrators reported they experienced at least one ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience). As schools, can we better support our students as a form of prevention?

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Day 2: Impact

School shootings have a devastating impact on individuals, communities, and society as a whole. Lives are lost, families are shattered, and survivors endure trauma. Fear and anxiety permeate schools, hindering the teaching and learning environment, behavior, and so many other aspects of education. The urgency to address gun violence, improve mental health support, and enhance school safety measures is paramount because the impact is incomprehensible.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Day 3: Response

In response to school shootings, communities and policymakers have focused on comprehensive approaches to ensure student safety, at least in theory. Measures include implementing stricter gun control laws, enhancing mental health services, conducting active shooter drills, and fortifying school security systems. Additionally, fostering a supportive and inclusive school environment, promoting early intervention programs, and encouraging open communication between students, educators, and families are crucial steps in preventing such tragic events and promoting a culture of safety and well-being in schools.

We look forward to having you as a part of this learning community as we all navigate addressing the epidemic of school shootings.

Click here to register to participate in this series.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Mathew Portell, Director of Education and Outreach at PACEs Connection, at

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