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Beyond Gun Laws: A Conversation about Keeping Our Community Safe and Preventing Violence

February 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Hatfield HEADS Up for a panel discussion on keeping our communities safe and preventing violence.

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan will moderate a panel discussion on the ramifications of school violence, the impact of school shooting drills on students, how schools and parents can help young people cope with regular school shooter drills and fear of violence, the status of gun related legislation in Massachusetts, and how communities can balance fun rights with community safety. Panelists include:

  • State Senator Jo Comerford
  • State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa
  • Josh Miller, Smith College School for Social Work professor
  • Hatfield Police Chief Mike Dekoshak
  • Heather White, MA Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
  • Smith Academy student Ava Carter-Meo

Following the panel, there will be opportunities for questions and comments from the audience.

The keynote speaker will be Anne Thalheimer, a survivor of a 1992 school shooting at Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, Holyoke-based artist, educator, and part of a flagship leadership program for survivors of gun violence.

Child care is available by calling Jackie Pelc at (413) 247-5101 or Kristy Dadmun at (413) 247-5641 by February 2, 2020.

HEADS Up will provide refreshments.

Snow date is February 12.


February 11
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Hatfield Elementary School
33 Main Street
Hatfield, MA 01038
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