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Newtown: A Louisiana Perspective (2013)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-01-23

Duration: 00:58:12

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | School shootings | School safety and security | Gun Control | Mental Health | Mass shootings | Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, Newtown, Conn., 2012


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Phares, Greg Interviewee
  • Meche, Timothy Interviewee
  • Udofa, Aniedi Interviewee
  • Gleason, Mary Interviewee
  • Machen, D.C. Interviewee
  • Landry, Terry Interviewee
  • Rhoads, Michael Speaker
  • Hoffman, Bernice Speaker
  • Smith, Bill Speaker
  • Toodi, Uday Speaker
  • Parker, Clay Speaker
  • McBride, Kaye Speaker
  • Wallace, Lynne Speaker
  • Ambers, Ann Speaker
  • Strohschein, Martha Speaker
  • Williams, Polly Speaker
  • Lehman, Robert Speaker
  • Banks, Sherry Speaker
  • Walls, Jan Speaker
  • Strohschein, Steve Speaker
  • Dickerson, Tiffany Speaker
  • Williams, Hamp Speaker
  • Edmonson, Mike Panelist
  • Muller, Betty Panelist
  • Riser, Neil Panelist
  • Unglesby, Lewis Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from January 23, 2013, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on Louisiana’s response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Greg Phares, firearms instructor; Timothy Meche, criminal defense attorney; Dr. Aniedi Udofa of the Capital Area Human Services District; Dr. Mary Gleason, co-director of Early Childhood Support and Services; Superintendent D.C. Machen of the Bossier Parish School District; and State Representative Terry Landry, the former superintendent of the Louisiana State Police. The audience members then discuss the possible causes of the school shooting in Newtown. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Colonel Mike Edmonson, the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police; Dr. Betty Muller, a child and adolescent psychologist; State Senator Neil Riser; and Lewis Unglesby, a criminal defense attorney. They discuss: the lessons Louisiana should learn from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary; gun control, including the Obama Administration’s proposed ban on assault weapons; identifying children at risk for committing violence; the cuts to mental health services in Louisiana; and school safety. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman