Aspen Ideas Festival: Three youths affected by gun violence

Aspen Ideas Festival: Three youths affected by gun violence

Ke’Shon Newman, Kayla Schaefer and Olivia Wesch at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Two high school girls from Parkland, Florida and a high school boy from the south side of Chicago talk about the impact of gun violence on their lives, and the activism they are engaged in to try to do something about it. A clinical social worker joined them on the panel to explore the mental health aspect of gun violence. Three young people whose lives have been forever changed by gun violence spoke out at this summer’s Aspen Ideas Festival in Colordao. Kayla Schaefer and Olivia Wesch are high school students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Ke’Shon Newman is a high school student in Chicago whose brother was shot and killed in 2016. He’s a youth leader of Bold Resistance Against Violence Everywhere. (B.R.A.V.E.) Clinical social worker Ann Thomas of The Children’s Place in Kansas City joined them on the panel to talk about gun violence and mental health, and said "our culture of safety has changed," and "anxiety is a contagious emotion." "In our desire to protect, we are causing more anxiety because of fear." Young people wonder, "could it happen here?" The moderator at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 21, 2018 was former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel. Koppel asked the young people if they feel they have convinced anyone else of the importance of their views about gun control, and if they believe the media focus on gun violence […]

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