Virtual community forum Wednesday to discuss recent school violence and threats
NPR Illinois will host a virtual community forum to discuss trauma, students and schools at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Panelists included Springfield School District 186 Superintendent Jennifer Gill and Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow, along with other educators and mental health experts.
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The forum follows the fatal stabbing on November 17 against Pierre V. Scott Jr., senior at Lanphier High School, the injury of another student outside of the school and the recent arrests of at least five minors in Springfield, Chatham and Riverton who threaten violence in their schools.
A 15-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with Scott’s knife death. She is being held at the Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Center.
She was charged with three counts of first degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault and battery and two counts of unlawful use of an aggravated weapon.
Sangamon County State Attorney Dan Wright said he would ask the court to bring the girl to adult court.
The forum, which will be moderated by Michelle Eccles of NPR Illinois, will explore what happens when there is a threat, what steps are taken when something happens, and what steps can be taken to help children get through any trauma and what can be done to prevent violence.
Earlier: After recent violent threats against schools, experts say mental health resources are there for students
Other panelists included Teresa Haley, president of the Springfield Chapter and NAACP State Conference; Terrance Jordan, Director of School Leadership and Family and Community Engagement for District 186; Diana Knaebe, President, Memorial Behavioral Health; Gail Neely Kolbeck, Braided Behavioral Support Systems (BBSS) support manager and Springfield Resiliency Initiative coordinator; Amber Olsen, Regional Director of Clinical Operations, Memorial Behavioral Health and Sara Teeter, Chief School Social Worker for District 186.
Participants must register for the Zoom event. The event will be recorded and broadcast on NPR Illinois at a later date.
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This article originally appeared on State Journal-Register: Springfield Virtual Forum to Discuss School Violence, Threats