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Aspen Ideas Festival 2018: Gun Violence: A Mental Health Crisis for Youth

Jun 28, 2018

Over the past 20 years, almost 200,000 children under age 18 have been shot.


Nearly as many attend schools where a shooting has taken place. Mass casualty events receive much of the attention — 60 percent of high school students say they are concerned that a shooting will occur in their school or community — but these actually represent just a fraction of the damage caused by gun violence. Along with physical injuries, the emotional impact of such trauma can be lifelong. This session opens with a video, followed by a conversation with children who have had personal experiences with gun violence.

Panalists: Ann Thomas, Olivia Wesch, Kayla Schaefer, Ke'Shon Newman, Ted Koppel