Youth Project Seeks Answers To Preventing Future School Shootings

LINDEN —  In the aftermath of last year’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., Law Explorer Post 629 in Linden is creating a forum where students can talk with other students in an attempt to try to better understand and come to terms with why this seemingly senseless act took place.

The project, currently entitled “What can be done to Prevent School Shootings: A Discussion by Students” involves interviewing other youth, ages 11 – 20, and video-taping their responses to a series of questions. Participants must have a talent/photo release form be signed by a parent. The responses will then be edited for time and will be used to create a video montage which will highlight the sentiment of the larger youth population on the issue.

Law Explorer Post 629 will be interviewing youth from Union County (ages 11 – 20) at the Linden Free Public Library on the third Floor in the Columbia Bank Room on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, March 14, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 16, from 2  – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 20,  from 5:30– 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 27, from – 5:30 – 7 p.m.


The Explorers will present the completed video in a public forum. (The youth in the video will not be identified. Only their
image will be used as they respond to the questions). After presentation of the video, there will  be a discussion by the Explorers identifying the possible causes of the large-scale school violence, how school violence can be prevented and how students themselves can make a difference.

For more information, contact Lucia E. Perpina, Esq., at 1-908-718-5877 or

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