TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

February 22, 2018 at 5:30 am

The school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week shook the nation as it claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty. In the wake of this latest tragic event, we’re examining the effects of school shootings on our children’s emotional and psychological well being. We’ll explore the reaction young adults are having to the death of their peers as well as the student lead protests against gun violence both here in New York and across the country. We’ll also take a look at the mental health of those who are taking to social media to blame the victims. Psychologist, Dr. Jeff Gardere, is here with an analysis. Former gang member, Sergio Argueta, stepped out of the shadows to help bring an end to the scourge plaguing Long Island through his gang prevention and intervention agency S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc. (Struggling To Reunite Our New Generation). We’re catching up with Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, as we continue to celebrate Black History Month.

Aired on February 21, 2018.

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>>> TONIGHT ON "METROFOCUS," THE

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PARKLAND SCHOOL SHOOTING, TOWN

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HALL MEETINGS AND MENTAL HEALTH.

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THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED PAST

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MASS KILLINGS AND HOW THEY'RE

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RESPONDING, OF THE SHOOTER WHO

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HAD TELLING HIM TO KILL.

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>>> A FORMER GANG MEMBER STEPS

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OUT OF THE SHADOWS TO HELP PUT

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AN END TO THE SCOURGE CLAIMING

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LONG ISLAND.

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ALL THAT AND MORE AS

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"METROFOCUS" STARTS RIGHT NOW.

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>>> THIS IS "METROFOCUS," WITH

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RAFAEL P. RAMON AND JENNA

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FLANNIGAN.

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"METROFOCUS" IS BROUGHT TO YOU

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BY SPPSG & E.

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>>> WE'RE HOPING TO OPEN

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EVERYBODY'S EYES, THIS PROBLEM

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IS NOT A PARTISAN PROBLEM, IT'S

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NOT DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS,

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NOBODY'S FIGHTING EACH OTHER,

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WE'RE ALL ON THE SAME SIDE AND

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WE ALL SHOULD WORK TOGETHER, I'M

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SURE WE CAN FIND SOLUTIONS,

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WHETHER IT BE GUN SAFETY OR IT

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BE MENTAL HEALTH OR ALL OF THESE

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GREAT, GREAT THINGS THAT COULD

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HAVE PREVENTED THE SHOOTING, WE

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NEED TO IMPLEMENT THEM NOW, WE

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NEED TO DO SOMETHING NOW.

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>> WHAT DO WE WANT?

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>> GUN CONTROL.

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>> STUDENTS IN FLORIDA AND

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ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE DEMANDING

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CHANGE, IMMEDIATE CHANGE IN THE

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WAKE OF THE SCHOOL SHOOTING IN

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PARKLAND THAT TOOK 17 LIVES.

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SINCE LAST WEEK'S MASSACRE,

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PROTESTERS HAVE TAKEN TO THE

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STREETS STAGING MASS WALKOUTS

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LIKE ONES HERE IN OUR AREA IN

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SOLIDARITY WITH THEIR BROTHERS

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AND SISTERS, YOUNG AMERICANS WHO

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HAVE BEEN SHAKEN TO THEIR CORE.

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IT'S A SIMPLE MESSAGE, AND IT

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WAS BROUGHT TO THE PRESIDENT

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TODAY, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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>> WE KNOW WHAT WE WANT, WE WANT

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COMMON SENSE GUN LAWS, WE MENTAL

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HEALTH CHECKS AND BACKGROUND

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CHECKS SO YOU CAN'T JUST WALK

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INTO A STORE AND WALK OUT WITH

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AN AR-A.

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>> PRESIDENT TRUMP INDICATED HE

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WANTED TO STRENGTHEN THE

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BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM BUT

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OFFERED NO SPECIFICS.

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>> THIS IS YOUR BUMP STOCK.

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>> PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO

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ANNOUNCED ON TUESDAY THAT HE IS

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MOVING TO BAN BUMP STOCK

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ACCESSORIES FOR SEMI-AUTOMATIC

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WEAPONS AND THAT HE'S

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CONSIDERING OTHER GUN MEASURES

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AFTER LAST WEEK'S SHOOTING.

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>> LATER THIS MONTH, I WILL BE

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MEETING WITH THE NATION'S

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GOVERNORS AND ATTORNEY GENERALS.

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WE'RE MAKING OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR

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CHILDREN SAFER WILL BE OUR TOP

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PRIORITY.

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>> THE PRESIDENT MET WITH

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STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS,

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ALL SURVIVORS OF THE PARKLAND,

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NEW TOWN AND COLUMBINE MASS

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SHOOTINGS AND ALL IN SEARCH FOR

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ANSWERS ON HOW TO KEEP AMERICA'S

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SCHOOLS SAFE.

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YESTERDAY FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK

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SCOTT HELD A ROUND TABLE

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DISCUSSION ON SCHOOL SAFETY AND

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PROMISED TO HAVE A PROPOSE AL B

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FRIDAY.

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>> WE NEED TO SIGNIFICANTLY

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INCREASE THE FUNDING FOR SCHOOL

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SAFETY, WE NEED TO SIGNIFICANTLY

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INCREASE THE FUNDING FOR MENTAL

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HEALTH.

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>> THEN THERE ARE THE CONSPIRACY

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THEORISTS, THERE ARE PEOPLE

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ONLINE NOW WHO BELIEVE THAT

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STUDENTS WERE ACTUALLY CRISIS

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ACTORS AND THAT THEY WERE

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SOMEHOW COLLABORATING WITH THE

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FBI.

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THE THEORY GAINED MORE STEAM

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AFTER DONALD TRUMP LIKED A TWEET

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SUPPORTING THE PREMISE.

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THE STUDENT TAKING THE BRUNT OF

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THIS CONSPIRACY TALK, PARKLAND

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SHOOTING VICTIM DAVID HOGG WHOSE

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FATHER IS A RETIRED FBI AT.

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>> I'M NOT AN ACTOR IN ANY WAY,

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SHAPE OR FORM, I'M THE SON OF A

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FORMER FBI AGENT, AND THAT IS

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TRUE, BUT AS SUCH, IT IS ALSO

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TRUE THAT I GO TO STONEMAN

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DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL AND I WAS A

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WITNESS TO THIS, I'M NOT A

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CRISIS ACTOR, I'M SOMEONE WHO

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HAD TO WITNESS THIS AND LIVE

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THROUGH THIS, AND I CONTINUE TO

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HAVE TO DO THAT.

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BUT ALSO, IT'S JUST -- IT'S

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UNBELIEVABLE TO ME THAT THESE

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PEOPLE ARE EVEN SAYING THIS, AND

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THE FACT THAT DONALD TRUMP JR.

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LIKED THAT POST IS DISGUSTING TO

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ME, BUT IT'S ALSO FALSE IN TERMS

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OF THE SENSE THAT THESE PEOPLE

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KEEP SAYING THAT I'M ANTI SECOND

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AMENDMENT, I'M NOT.

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I WOULD LOVE -- I WANT EVERY

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AMERICAN TO BE ABLE TO OWN A GUN

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THAT HAS A MENTALLY STABLE MIND,

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A PERSON THAT HAS A CREDIBLE

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BACKGROUND THAT DOESN'T HAVE ANY

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PREVIOUS, LIKE, MAJOR

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CONVICTIONS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE

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NOT GOING TO GO OUT AND COMMIT

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THESE KINDS OF ATROCITIES.

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I DO NOT WANT TO TAKE AWAY THE

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CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF ANY

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AMERICANS.

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>> WE'RE ALL REELING IN THE WAKE

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OF THE PARKLAND SHOOTING, AS

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WELL AS THE NEW TOWN, AND C

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COLU

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COLUMBINE.

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"METROFOCUS" CO-HOST CAUGHT UP

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WITH PSYCHOLOGIST JEFFREY

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GARDERE ABOUT THE EMOTIONAL

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EFFECTS OF THE CHILDREN WHO

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WITNESSED THE CARNAGE AS WELL AS

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CHILDREN WHO CONTINUE TO

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EXPERIENCE THE TRAUMATIC EVENT

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THROUGH THE MEDIA.

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>> FIRST DR. JEFF, I WANT TO

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START WITH THE KIDS, BECAUSE

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THEY'RE CONSTANTLY FINDING

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THEBLS

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THEMSELVES AT THE CENTER OF

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THESE HORRIFIC EVENTS.

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>> PEOPLE THAT GO THROUGH

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SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND NOW WE

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HAVE MANY CASES THAT THIS HAS

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HAP

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HAPPENED, PRIMARILY

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POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER,

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THEY'RE HAVING NIGHTMARES, MANY

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OF THEM ARE STILL IN SHOCK.

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WE SEE DEPRESSION, WE SEE

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ANXIETY, LOTS OF ANXIETY, BUT

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THEIR INNOCENCE IS LOST, THAT'S

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SOMETHING WE DON'T SEE WITH PTSD

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OR ANYTHING ELSE, THAT'S WHAT

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WE'RE SEEING WITH THESE SCHOOL

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SHOOTINGS, THE INNOCENCE IS

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GONE, THEY'RE THROWN INTO A VERY

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VIOLENT WORLD.

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AND AS WE HAVE SEEN WITH THESE

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PARTICULAR YOUNGSTERS, THEY JUST

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DON'T FEEL SAFE ANYMORE.

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SCHOOL IS THE PLACE THAT SHOULD

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BE THE SAFETY ZONE, THE SAFETY

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ZONE FOR ACADEMICS, FOR SOCIAL

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LEARNING, FOR COMING OUT.

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AND NOW WE SEE THAT YOU CAN GO

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IN IN THE MORNING, BUT WE'RE NOT

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QUITE SURE YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GET

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>> THERE'S A LOT OF KIDS ALL

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OVER THE COUNTRY NOW WHO LIVED

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THROUGH THESE AFTER SHOOTER

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TRAINING DRILLS THE SAME WAY YOU

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WOULD A FIRE DRILL, BUT IT'S GOT

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TO HAVE A DIFFERENT EFFECT

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ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU SEE ALL OF

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THESE SHOOTINGS ACROSS THE

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COUNTRY WHERE ACTIVE SHOOTERS

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ACTUALLY HAPPEN.

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WHAT ABOUT MILITARIZING THE

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SCHOOL?

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IS THAT GOOD FOR CHILDREN?

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>> IN FLORIDA, THEY ALREADY DO

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HAVE ARMED GUARDS THAT PART OF

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THE SCHOOL, AND I THINK THE

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FLORIDA LEGISLATURE IS LOOKING

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AT DOUBLING THOSE NUMBERS.

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FROM A PSYCHOLOGICAL POINT OF

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VIEW, I CAN'T SEE HOW IT CAN BE

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HEALTHY, FOR NOT JUST THE KIDS

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AT DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, BUT KIDS

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EPICENTER ANYWHERE IN FLORIDA

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AND IT STARTS TO SPREAD OUT ARE

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EXPERIENCING SOME SORT OF PTSD,

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SO PART OF THAT PTSD IS WHEN YOU

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SEE ANYTHING THAT REMINDS YOU OF

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THAT TRAUMATIC EVENT, THEN IT

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SENDS YOU INTO THAT EMOTIONAL

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TAIL SPIN.

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SO NOW HAVING MORE ARMED GUARDS,

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HAVING ARMED GUARDS, YOU KNOW,

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ROAMING THE HALLWAYS, I THINK IN

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MANY WAYS IT'S GOING TO BRING

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BACK FLASH BACKS FOR THESE KIDS

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AND QUITE FRANKLY AND I CAN ONLY

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SPEAK AS A PSYCHOLOGIST, I DON'T

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SEE WHAT IT WILL DO FOR THEM AS

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FAR AS FEELING SAFE.

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>> THERE'S ALREADY BEEN

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CONSPIRACY THEORIES THAT HAVE

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BEEN PUT FORTH THAT THESE KIDS

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ARE CRISIS ACTORS, THAT THIS

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ISN'T SOMETHING, AS ANGRY AS

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THEY ARE, AND THEY HAVE EVERY

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RIGHT TO BE.

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AS HEART BREAKING AS IT IS FOR

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SO MANY ADULTS TO WATCH THESE

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KIDS STAND UP AND SAY, YOU KNOW,

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WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING, BUT A

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LOT OF EXPERTS HAVE SAID I HOPE

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THEY'RE IN FOR A LONG FIGHT,

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BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO TAKE

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YEARS.

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>> IT IS GOING TO BE A LONG

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FIGHT, AND THEY DO HAVE THE

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RESILIENCY TO DO IT AND THEY DO

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HAVE THE YOUTH ON THEIR SIDE.

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BUT I THINK WHAT IS, FOR ME,

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SOMETHING THAT IS ABSOLUTELY

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HORRIFIC, HAVING POLITICIANS,

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HAVING OTHERS, HAVING THOSE WHO

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HAVE A POLITICAL AFFILIATION,

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CALLING SOME OF THESE KIDS

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ACTORS, SAYING THEY'VE BEEN

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COACHED, SAYING THEY'RE TRYING

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TO COVER UP FOR OTHER PEOPLE AND

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TRYING TO PUSH AN AGENDA THAT

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PERHAPS THEY REALLY DON'T

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BELIEVE IN, IT'S ALL PART OF

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THIS SOMEHOW A CONSPIRACY TO

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HURT THE SECOND AMENDMENT.

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EVEN THOUGH THE KIDS HAVE SAID

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THEMSELVES, WE'RE NOT TRYING TO

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TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM ANYONE, OR

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TRYING TO SCUTTLE THE SECOND

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AMENDMENT, WE'RE JUST LOOKING

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FOR SENSIBLE GUN LAWS.

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BUT I THINK TO DO THAT TO THOSE

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KIDS WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN

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TRAUMATIZED BY THIS HORRIFIC,

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HORRIFIC EVENT AT THE SCHOOL,

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AND THEN TO SAY, POINT FINGERS

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AT THEM AND SAY WELL YOU GUYS

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ARE JUST PRETENDING AND YOU'VE

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BEEN PUT UP TO THIS, I THINK IN

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MANY WAYS, THIS IS NOT JUST

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TROLLING, IT'S PSYCHOLOGICALLY

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SPPREDATORY AGAINST THESE

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YOUNGSTERS.

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YOU'RE TRYING TO TAKE A BUNCH OF

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KIDS WHO ARE TRYING TO DO THE

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RIGHT THING BY CALLING ATTENTION

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TO THIS AND IT'S REAL.

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BY TELLING THEM WE'RE GOING TO

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TAKE YOU OUT OF THIS PICTURE,

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EMOTIONALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL,

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BY MALL LINIIGNING YOUR CHARACT.

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THAT'S ABSOLUTELY WRONG.

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>> WHAT'S GOING ON FOR THEM

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EMOTIONALLY THAT WOULD ALLOW

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SOMEBODY TO SEE SOME OF THESE

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KIDS, SOMEONE WHO LITERALLY HAD

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JUST COME OUT OF THE SCHOOL.

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OR ANY OTHER INSTANCE, THERE

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WERE PEOPLE WHO CALLED THE

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PARENTS OF SANDY HOOK CRISIS

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ACTORS.

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WHAT KIND OF MENTAL STATE DO YOU

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NEED TO BE IN TO GO THERE?

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>> THESE MAY BE A SEPARATE

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GROUP, BUT WE SEE A LOT OF FOLKS

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THERE AND I THINK PART OF IT IS

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PSYCHOLOGICALLY, AND I HAVE TO

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SAY IT, AS A PSYCHOLOGIST IS

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THAT THEY FEEL THREATENED.

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THEY FEEL THE SECOND AMENDMENT

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IS THREATENED, THEY FEEL THEIR

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RIGHT TO OWN GUNS IS THREATENED,

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AND THEREFORE BY THAT, BEING

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THREATENED IN THAT WAY, THEY

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FEEL THEIR WAY OF LIFE IS

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THREATENED, THEIR FREEDOM, WHAT

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IT IS ABOUT -- TO BE AN AMERICAN

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TO BE IN AMERICA AND TO HAVE

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THAT FREEDOM.

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AND IN FACT, IT'S NOT THAT.

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BUT I THINK IF WE DON'T PAY

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ATTENTION TO THAT, IF WE DON'T

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LOOK AT THE EMOTIONS OF THIS

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INDIVIDUALS WHO FEEL SO

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THREATENED IN THAT WAY, THEN WE

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CAN'T MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER TO

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BEGIN TO LOOK AT SENSIBLE GUN

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LAWS.

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AND TO ALSO LOOK AT SOMETHING

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THAT WE'RE REALLY NOT TALKING

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ABOUT AS MUCH, WHAT MENTAL

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HEALTH ISSUES MAY BE.

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AND THE IMPORTANCE OF UNIVERSAL

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BACKGROUND CHECKS AND THE THING

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THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DONE AS

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FAR AS ROLLING BACK, FOR

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EXAMPLE, BACK GROUND CHECKS ON

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INDIVIDUALS WHO GET DISABILITY

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BECAUSE OF A MENTAL HEALTH

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ISSUE, OR HAVE SOME OTHER KIND

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OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE, IF WE

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DON'T LOOK AT THAT, I THINK

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WE'RE JUST NOT GOING TO WIN AND

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WINNING IS LOOKING AT BOTH THE

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GUNS AND LOOKING AT THE MENTAL

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HEALTH ISSUES AND WHO SHOULD BE

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CARRYING GUNS.

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>> I DO ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE SHOOTERS

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THEMSELVES.

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WE HAVE SEEN NUMEROUS

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INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DONE

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HORRIFIC ACTS LIKE THIS, AND OF

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COURSE THE ARGUMENT ALWAYS COMES

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UP THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT

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MENTAL HEALTH.

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A LOT OF PEOPLE PUSHED BACK

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SAYING THAT ALL PEOPLE WITH

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MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS DON'T DO

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THESE KINDS OF ACTS.

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>> I'M GLAD YOU PUT THAT OUT

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THERE, WE SHOULD NOT STIGMATIZE

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PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH

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ISSUES, NOT LOOK AT THEM AS THE

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CAUSE OF WHAT'S GOING ON RIGHT

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NOW.

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BUT I THINK WE HAVE A HOLE IN

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OUR PSYCHIATRIC SYSTEM IN WHICH

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INDIVIDUALS WHO DO HAVE MENTAL

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CHALLENGES ARE NOT GETTING THE

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HELP THEY NEED AND SOME OF THEM

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BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE

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MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE AND NOT

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GETTING THE PROPER HELP, BECAUSE

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ANYONE WHO'S SCHIZOPHRENIC OR

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BIPOLAR, THEY CAN LEAD A

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PRODUCTIVE LIFE IF THEY GET

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HELP.

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BUT OUR SYSTEM IS NOT SET UP

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THAT WAY, AND YOUNG PEOPLE FALL

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THROUGH HOLES BECAUSE WE CAN'T

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HOSPITALIZE THEM, THE NEEDS OF

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THE INDIVIDUAL VERSUS THE NEEDS

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OF THE SYSTEM.

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BUT LOOKING AT WHO THESE

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SHOOTERS ARE, THEY'RE

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INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN

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DISAFFECTED BY SOCIETY, THEY MAY

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BE ISOLATED, THEY MAY HAVE HAD

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SOME OTHER MENTAL HEALTH

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CHALLENGES, AGENT OF ISSUES

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GOING ON WHERE THEY MAY HAVE

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FELT ABANDONED, THEY FELT PICKED

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ON, BUT THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS

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WHO WE NEED TO DO BETTER FOR

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THEM, AND IF WE DON'T DO BETTER

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FOR THEM, THEN ALL OF SOCIETY

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SUFFERS, WHEN WE SEE PEOPLE HAVE

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THESE ISSUES, YOUNGSTERS, WE

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DON'T JUST KICK THEM OUT OF

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SCHOOL AND NOT GIVE THEM AN

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AFTERCARE PLAN.

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WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY

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GET INTO A SYSTEM OF GETTING

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MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT SO THEY

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CAN LIVE A PRODUCTIVE LIFE.

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>> THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF

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MARCHES IN THE WAKE OF ALL OF

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THIS, AND I JUST WANT YOU TO

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TALK TO ME VERY QUICKLY ABOUT

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THE CATHARTIC NATURE OF

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PARTICIPATING IN A MARCH.

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>> WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE MARCHES

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OF THESE TEACHERS, STUDENTS,

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SOCIAL WORKERS, WE LOOK AT IT AS

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A CATHARSIS, BECAUSE IN OUR

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COUNTRY, PEOPLE HAVE A VOICE,

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THEY CAN EXPRESS THEMSELVES,

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THEY DO IT IN A PEACEFUL MANNER,

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AND THEY GET THEIR MESSAGE

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ACROSS.

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ONCE WE START SHUTTING DOWN

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PEOPLE, WE DON'T ALLOW PEOPLE TO

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MARCH, OR RIDICULING THEM WHO

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NEED TO MARCH AND NEED TO BE

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HEARD THAT'S WHERE WE START

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LOOKING AT MUCH MORE ANGER IN

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MANY OF THE SOCIAL ISSUES THAT

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WE SEE.

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SO AS LONG AS YOU HAVE PEACEFUL

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MARKETS, IT'S SO IMPORTANT

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BECAUSE THAT IS PART OF THE

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FIRST AMENDMENT, ISN'T IT?

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>> IT IS, AND DR. JEFF, I WANT

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TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING

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US, AGAIN, AND GIVING US SOME

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CLARITY ON THESE DIFFICULT

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ISSUES.

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>> IT'S MY PLEASURE AS ALWAYS,

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THANK YOU.

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>>> A SPECIAL EDITION OF

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"METROFOCUS" WILL AIR TOMORROW,

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JACK FORD WILL HOST STUDENTS IN

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OUR AREA IN A DISCUSSION NO ONE

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SHOULD MISS STEMMING FROM THE

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EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE AND

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SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, THE TIME IS

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NOW AND THE NEED IMMEDIATE.

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TUNE IN TOMORROW.

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>>> KAYLA CUEVAS AND NISA

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MICKEN, ON NISA'S 16th BIRTHDAY,

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SUCH A HAPPY TIME IT SHOULD HAVE

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BEEN.

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NEITHER OF THEM CAME HOME.

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THESE TWO PRECIOUS GIRLS WERE

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BRUTALLY MURDERED WHILE WALKING

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TOGETHER IN THEIR HOMETOWN.

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SIX MEMBERS OF THE SAVAGE MS-13

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GANG HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH

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KAYLA AND NISA'S MURDERS.

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>> THAT WAS PRESIDENT TRUMP

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HONORING THE PARENTS OF

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16-YEAR-OLD KAYLA CUEVAS, AND

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16-YEAR-OLD NISA MICKENS WHO

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WERE SLAIN BY THE NOTORIOUS

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MS-16 GANG.

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THE MURDER OF THESE TWO GIRLS

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HAS BECOME A FLASH POINT OF

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PRESIDENT TRUMP'S --

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APPROXIMATELY 400 PEOPLE

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SUSPECTED OF GANG ACTIVITY HAVE

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BEEN ARRESTED IN SUFFOLK COUNTY

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AND THERE'S NO SIGNS OF SLOWING

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DOWN.

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AS OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO AMP UP

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EFFORTS TO PUT AN END TO THE

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VICIOUSING GANG THAT'S WREAKING

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HAVOC ON LONG ISLAND.

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COUNTY EXECUTIVES ARE STEPPING

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IN AND OFFERING A MORE

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PERSUASIVE WAY OF ENDING GANG

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VIOLENCE AND THAT IS YOUTH

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PROGRAMS.

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THIS STRONG ORGANIZATION HAS

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WORKED FOR TWO DECADES TO KEEP

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YOUNG PEOPLE AWAY FROM GUNS.

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NOW THE COUNTY HAS GIVEN THEM

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$500,000 FOR THEIR EFFORTS.

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WE'RE PLEASED TO BE JOINED BY

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ACTIVIST AND STRONG USE

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PRESIDENT, SE RRGIO.

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>> AS A YOUNG MAN GROWING UP IN

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, I WAS LIKE

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EVERY OTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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KID WANTING TO DO GOOD AND BE

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SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE AND IF YOU

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ASKED MY CLASSMATES AND I WHAT

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WE WANTED TO BE WHEN WE GREW UP,

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YOU WOULD HEAR THINGS LIKE

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PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

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AND LAWYER AND PROFESSIONAL

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ATHLETE AND WE ALL HAD THESE

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WONDERFUL DREAMS, BUT AS WE GOT

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OLDER, AND THE RESOURCES WERE

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LACKING AND, YOU KNOW, YOU START

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SEEING SOME OF THE DEFICITS IN

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TERMS OF WHAT EXISTS IN THE

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COMMUNITY, YOUNG PEOPLE ARE

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DRAWN TO CERTAIN THINGS.

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AND FOR ME, THERE WAS A LOT OF

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VIOLENCE IN THE COMMUNITY AND

504
00:18:15,894 --> 00:18:17,129
UNFORTUNATELY, I THOUGHT THAT,

505
00:18:17,129 --> 00:18:19,031
YOU KNOW, THIS GROUP OF FRIENDS,

506
00:18:19,031 --> 00:18:21,567
INDIVIDUALS THAT LITERALLY I HAD

507
00:18:21,567 --> 00:18:23,602
GROWN UP WITH, WE WERE GOING TO

508
00:18:23,602 --> 00:18:25,137
PROTECT ONE ANOTHER, AND SORT OF

509
00:18:25,137 --> 00:18:26,972
NOT BE VICTIMS TO THIS VIOLENCE.

510
00:18:26,972 --> 00:18:31,677
AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOU TOO

511
00:18:31,677 --> 00:18:33,579
START PER PPETUATING THAT

512
00:18:33,579 --> 00:18:33,946
VIOLENCE.

513
00:18:33,946 --> 00:18:35,814
AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN MY

514
00:18:35,814 --> 00:18:36,014
CASE.

515
00:18:36,014 --> 00:18:37,015
>> WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUNG

516
00:18:37,015 --> 00:18:38,817
PEOPLE TODAY WHO ARE SOMEHOW

517
00:18:38,817 --> 00:18:43,689
BEING SEDUCED INTO JOINING THESE

518
00:18:43,689 --> 00:18:43,889
GANGS?

519
00:18:43,889 --> 00:18:46,458
>> IT'S PRETTY MUCH SOME OF THE

520
00:18:46,458 --> 00:18:49,428
SAME THINGS THAT EXISTED WHEN I

521
00:18:49,428 --> 00:18:49,728
WAS A CHILD.

522
00:18:49,728 --> 00:18:54,933
SO OFTEN TIMES VIOLENCE EXISTS

523
00:18:54,933 --> 00:18:58,670
IN CHTHESE COMMUNITIES, IT'S NO

524
00:18:58,670 --> 00:18:58,837
NEW.

525
00:18:58,837 --> 00:19:00,105
INDIVIDUALS THAT DON'T HAVE

526
00:19:00,105 --> 00:19:02,808
STRONG SUPPORT NETWORKS, NO ONE

527
00:19:02,808 --> 00:19:03,942
INTENDED, IF THEY DON'T HAVE A

528
00:19:03,942 --> 00:19:05,611
LOT OF FRIENDS AND THINGS OF

529
00:19:05,611 --> 00:19:07,145
THAT NATURE, ALL OF A SUDDEN

530
00:19:07,145 --> 00:19:08,914
THERE'S A SOCIAL ASPECT TO THIS.

531
00:19:08,914 --> 00:19:10,148
THERE'S ALSO INDIVIDUALS THAT

532
00:19:10,148 --> 00:19:12,084
ARE LOOKING TO BECOME A PART OF

533
00:19:12,084 --> 00:19:14,386
SOMETHING AND THERE ARE THOSE

534
00:19:14,386 --> 00:19:19,091
THAT ARE BULLIED INTO THIS, THE

535
00:19:19,091 --> 00:19:19,491
BR

536
00:19:19,491 --> 00:19:20,659
BELIEF IS I'M BEING BULLIED IT

537
00:19:20,659 --> 00:19:23,495
RIGHT NOW, IF I JOIN THIS GANG,

538
00:19:23,495 --> 00:19:25,831
I'LL BE PROTECTED, I'LL HAVE

539
00:19:25,831 --> 00:19:27,866
FRIENDS, I'M NOT GOING TO BE

540
00:19:27,866 --> 00:19:29,935
BULLIED THAT MUCH.

541
00:19:29,935 --> 00:19:32,037
UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS SORT OF

542
00:19:32,037 --> 00:19:33,839
LIKE A PREDATORY BEHAVIOR THAT

543
00:19:33,839 --> 00:19:35,340
BEGINS TO PLAY OUT IN TERMS OF

544
00:19:35,340 --> 00:19:37,142
ONCE YOU BECOME A PART OF A

545
00:19:37,142 --> 00:19:37,342
GANG.

546
00:19:37,342 --> 00:19:39,545
>> LET'S TALK ABOUT, I MENTIONED

547
00:19:39,545 --> 00:19:41,313
THE STRONG YOUTH PROGRAM, BEEN

548
00:19:41,313 --> 00:19:42,648
AROUND FOR DECADES NOW.

549
00:19:42,648 --> 00:19:44,316
WHAT SORT OF PROGRAMS ARE YOU

550
00:19:44,316 --> 00:19:44,583
OFFERING?

551
00:19:44,583 --> 00:19:46,785
WHAT SORT OF APPROACHES ARE YOU

552
00:19:46,785 --> 00:19:48,987
TAKING THAT WILL HOPEFULLY

553
00:19:48,987 --> 00:19:51,189
DIVERT YOUNG PEOPLE AWAY FROM

554
00:19:51,189 --> 00:19:53,525
THE GANG MEMBERSHIP AND ALLOW

555
00:19:53,525 --> 00:19:56,194
THEM TO PROCEED IN DIFFERENT

556
00:19:56,194 --> 00:19:56,495
DIRECTIONS?

557
00:19:56,495 --> 00:19:58,397
>> YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A CLINICAL

558
00:19:58,397 --> 00:20:00,065
TEAM THAT WORKS WITH THESE

559
00:20:00,065 --> 00:20:02,034
INDIVIDUALS IN TERMS OF THEIR

560
00:20:02,034 --> 00:20:02,334
COUNSELING.

561
00:20:02,334 --> 00:20:06,872
YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT THERAPEUTIC

562
00:20:06,872 --> 00:20:08,073
APPROACHES TO DEALING WITH,

563
00:20:08,073 --> 00:20:08,574
KBYOU

564
00:20:08,574 --> 00:20:09,508
KNOW, THE ISSUES THAT THESE

565
00:20:09,508 --> 00:20:10,842
YOUNG PEOPLE MIGHT BE DEALING

566
00:20:10,842 --> 00:20:12,878
WITH, FOCUSING ON CREATING AN

567
00:20:12,878 --> 00:20:14,713
ATMOSPHERE WHERE ADOLESCENTS ARE

568
00:20:14,713 --> 00:20:16,882
SORT OF ABLE TO STRENGTHEN THEIR

569
00:20:16,882 --> 00:20:18,517
RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR

570
00:20:18,517 --> 00:20:18,750
PARENTS.

571
00:20:18,750 --> 00:20:21,219
UNFORTUNATELY, MANY OF OUR YOUNG

572
00:20:21,219 --> 00:20:21,787
PEOPLE MAY BE A LITTLE BIT

573
00:20:21,787 --> 00:20:23,589
DISTANT FROM THEIR PRIMARY CARE

574
00:20:23,589 --> 00:20:23,855
GIVERS.

575
00:20:23,855 --> 00:20:26,592
SO IT'S ABOUT RECONDITIONING,

576
00:20:26,592 --> 00:20:27,826
RESTRENGTHENING FAMILIES.

577
00:20:27,826 --> 00:20:29,394
THAT'S REALLY THE MODEL THAT WE

578
00:20:29,394 --> 00:20:29,761
USE.

579
00:20:29,761 --> 00:20:31,797
>> IT'S CLEAR THAT THIS IS AN

580
00:20:31,797 --> 00:20:32,731
ENORMOUSLY CRITICAL PROBLEM FOR

581
00:20:32,731 --> 00:20:34,866
US TO DEAL WITH AND AS IMPORTANT

582
00:20:34,866 --> 00:20:37,135
AS IT IS TO GET VIOLENT

583
00:20:37,135 --> 00:20:38,136
PREDATORS OFF THE STREET, WE

584
00:20:38,136 --> 00:20:40,072
KNOW WE CAN'T ARREST OUR WAY OUT

585
00:20:40,072 --> 00:20:42,274
OF THIS PROBLEM, SO WE ARE

586
00:20:42,274 --> 00:20:47,579
CERTAINLY THANKFUL, SERGIO, YOU,

587
00:20:47,579 --> 00:20:49,881
YOUR GROUP, ALL THOSE OUT THERE

588
00:20:49,881 --> 00:20:52,351
WHO ARE DOING SUCH GREAT WORK TO

589
00:20:52,351 --> 00:20:53,185
COMBAT THIS.

590
00:20:53,185 --> 00:20:54,653
AND THANK YOU FOR FILLING IN ON

591
00:20:54,653 --> 00:20:56,555
THE GOOD WORK YOU'VE BEEN DOING.

592
00:20:56,555 --> 00:20:57,389
>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US, WE

593
00:20:57,389 --> 00:21:03,895
REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

594
00:21:03,895 --> 00:21:06,231
>>> SHE MAKES IT LOOK

595
00:21:06,231 --> 00:21:08,567
EFFORTLESS, BUT GETTING HERE WAS

596
00:21:08,567 --> 00:21:09,635
ANYTHING BUT.

597
00:21:09,635 --> 00:21:13,705
THIS IS MISTY COPELAND, THE

598
00:21:13,705 --> 00:21:15,407
FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN BALLERINA

599
00:21:15,407 --> 00:21:20,012
TO BE PROMOTED TO -- BALLET'S

600
00:21:20,012 --> 00:21:24,383
WORLD STAGE MARKING A RISE FOR A

601
00:21:24,383 --> 00:21:26,018
DANCER WHO SPENT YEARS TRYING TO

602
00:21:26,018 --> 00:21:27,619
BREAK DOWN BARRIERS.

603
00:21:27,619 --> 00:21:29,287
AND SOMETHING REMARKABLE IS

604
00:21:29,287 --> 00:21:31,556
HAPPENING OFFSTAGE, NEW DIVERSE

605
00:21:31,556 --> 00:21:33,158
CROWDS STREAMING INTO THE BALLET

606
00:21:33,158 --> 00:21:34,059
NIGHT AFTER NIGHT.

607
00:21:34,059 --> 00:21:35,694
>> IT'S HISTORICAL FOR ME

608
00:21:35,694 --> 00:21:37,596
BECAUSE I'M FROM A GENERATION

609
00:21:37,596 --> 00:21:39,798
THAT WAS TAUGHT THAT OUR BODIES

610
00:21:39,798 --> 00:21:41,299
WEREN'T RIGHT FOR BALLET AND SHE

611
00:21:41,299 --> 00:21:45,971
HAS JUST DEMOLISHED ALL THOSE

612
00:21:45,971 --> 00:21:46,304
STEREOTYPES.

613
00:21:46,304 --> 00:21:47,773
>> I DIDN'T REALLY LIKE BALLET

614
00:21:47,773 --> 00:21:49,641
AS MUCH UNTIL I REALIZED THAT

615
00:21:49,641 --> 00:21:50,976
AFRICAN-AMERICAN GIRLS CAN DO IT

616
00:21:50,976 --> 00:21:52,344
TOO JUST LIKE MISTY.

617
00:21:52,344 --> 00:21:54,179
>> THE AMERICAN BALLET THEATER

618
00:21:54,179 --> 00:22:00,786
HAS TAKEN MISTY ACROSS THE

619
00:22:00,786 --> 00:22:01,520
GRGRO

620
00:22:01,520 --> 00:22:04,389
GLOBE, BUT NEW YORK IS HOME FOR

621
00:22:04,389 --> 00:22:04,556
HER.

622
00:22:04,556 --> 00:22:05,223
AND I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIT

623
00:22:05,223 --> 00:22:08,760
DOWN WITH HER.

624
00:22:08,760 --> 00:22:10,929
THE AUDIENCES THAT ARE COMING

625
00:22:10,929 --> 00:22:16,601
NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, SINCE BEING

626
00:22:16,601 --> 00:22:18,937
NAMED AS PRINCE IPAL DANCER, WH

627
00:22:18,937 --> 00:22:23,008
IS IT LIKE TO LOOK OUT ON THAT

628
00:22:23,008 --> 00:22:23,775
AUDIENCE?

629
00:22:23,775 --> 00:22:29,014
>> IT'S LOOKING OUT ON DIFFERENT

630
00:22:29,014 --> 00:22:32,217
FACES, IT'S EMOTIONAL TO WITNESS

631
00:22:32,217 --> 00:22:33,919
IT FIRSTHAND AND TO BE HANDS ON

632
00:22:33,919 --> 00:22:35,353
WITH PEOPLE THAT WERE AFFECTED

633
00:22:35,353 --> 00:22:37,155
BY IT, THAT COULD HAVE BEEN MY

634
00:22:37,155 --> 00:22:38,657
JOURNEY, BUT IT'S AMAZING THAT

635
00:22:38,657 --> 00:22:41,359
IT CAN HAPPEN NOW FOR THE NEXT

636
00:22:41,359 --> 00:22:41,727
GENERATION.

637
00:22:41,727 --> 00:22:44,496
>> IN YOUR BOOK, IT'S A LINE YOU

638
00:22:44,496 --> 00:22:45,130
USE CONSTANTLY.

639
00:22:45,130 --> 00:22:47,499
FOR THE BROWN GIRLS, THE LITTLE

640
00:22:47,499 --> 00:22:50,736
BROWN GIRLS, STILL A DRIVING

641
00:22:50,736 --> 00:22:51,069
FORCE FOR YOU?

642
00:22:51,069 --> 00:22:51,803
>> YEAH.

643
00:22:51,803 --> 00:22:53,238
THERE HAVE BEEN BLACK DANCERS

644
00:22:53,238 --> 00:22:58,643
THAT HAVE MADE IT TO TOP

645
00:22:58,643 --> 00:23:04,349
COMPANIES AND HAVING THDEZI

646
00:23:04,349 --> 00:23:05,817
RICHARDSON BEING FIRST

647
00:23:05,817 --> 00:23:06,952
AFRICAN-AMERICAN DANCER, AND FOR

648
00:23:06,952 --> 00:23:10,188
ME TO BE THE FIRST

649
00:23:10,188 --> 00:23:10,756
AFRICAN-AMERICAN BALLERINA.

650
00:23:10,756 --> 00:23:12,457
IT SO FOR THESE YOUNG BROWN

651
00:23:12,457 --> 00:23:14,392
GIRLS TO BE ABLE TO SEE ME, I

652
00:23:14,392 --> 00:23:16,161
JUST FEEL LIKE EVERY

653
00:23:16,161 --> 00:23:17,395
PERFORMANCE, EVERY TIME I'M

654
00:23:17,395 --> 00:23:18,964
GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE SEEN

655
00:23:18,964 --> 00:23:21,233
AND HAVE A VOICE, IT'S THEM I'M

656
00:23:21,233 --> 00:23:22,467
REPRESENTING, IT'S THEM I'M

657
00:23:22,467 --> 00:23:23,101
SPEAKING FOR.

658
00:23:23,101 --> 00:23:25,437
>> AND ABC HAS A TERRIFIC

659
00:23:25,437 --> 00:23:31,243
PROGRAM CALLED PROJECT PLEE.

660
00:23:31,243 --> 00:23:33,678
WHAT'S THE ONE BIGGEST PIECE OF

661
00:23:33,678 --> 00:23:36,715
ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE TO A CHILD

662
00:23:36,715 --> 00:23:40,085
GROWING UP IN BALLET WHO HAS

663
00:23:40,085 --> 00:23:41,019
ASPIRATIONS TO SUCCEED.

664
00:23:41,019 --> 00:23:42,287
>> IT'S SO DIFFICULT, NO MATTER

665
00:23:42,287 --> 00:23:44,623
WHAT COLOR YOU ARE, NO MATTER

666
00:23:44,623 --> 00:23:46,691
WHAT BACKGROUND YOU'RE FROM,

667
00:23:46,691 --> 00:23:48,093
IT'S A DIFFICULT FIELD TO BE A

668
00:23:48,093 --> 00:23:48,794
PART OF.

669
00:23:48,794 --> 00:23:50,328
BUT I WOULD SAY THAT ESPECIALLY

670
00:23:50,328 --> 00:23:52,297
THIS DAY AND AGE, ANYTHING IS

671
00:23:52,297 --> 00:23:52,564
POSSIBLE.

672
00:23:52,564 --> 00:23:54,499
AND I THINK THAT I AM CLEAR

673
00:23:54,499 --> 00:23:56,802
PROOF OF THAT, THAT YOU HAVE TO

674
00:23:56,802 --> 00:23:59,271
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF JUST TO STAY

675
00:23:59,271 --> 00:23:59,905
FOCUSED AND NOT COMPARE YOURSELF

676
00:23:59,905 --> 00:24:01,406
TO OTHER PEOPLE.

677
00:24:01,406 --> 00:24:03,408
>> SPEAKING WITH THOSE YOUNG

678
00:24:03,408 --> 00:24:04,609
GIRLS AND BOYS.

679
00:24:04,609 --> 00:24:08,413
DO THEY TELL YOU STORIES OF

680
00:24:08,413 --> 00:24:10,348
PREJUDICE, ENCOUNTERS THEY HAVE

681
00:24:10,348 --> 00:24:11,616
HAD WHERE RACISM HAS BEEN

682
00:24:11,616 --> 00:24:13,218
INVOLVED IN BALLET?

683
00:24:13,218 --> 00:24:14,219
DOES THAT STILL EXIST?

684
00:24:14,219 --> 00:24:15,387
>> TO THIS DAY.

685
00:24:15,387 --> 00:24:16,822
I DON'T THINK THAT'S SOMETHING

686
00:24:16,822 --> 00:24:19,691
THAT'S JUST GOING TO GO AWAY

687
00:24:19,691 --> 00:24:20,859
OVERNIGHT AT ALL.

688
00:24:20,859 --> 00:24:23,929
YEAH, I HEAR ALL THE TIME THAT

689
00:24:23,929 --> 00:24:24,529
YOUNG KIDS, YOU KNOW, BETWEEN

690
00:24:24,529 --> 00:24:26,031
THE AGES OF 5 AND 7 ARE BEING

691
00:24:26,031 --> 00:24:27,732
TOLD BY THEIR TEACHERS THAT THEY

692
00:24:27,732 --> 00:24:29,401
SHOULD GO INTO ANOTHER FORM OF

693
00:24:29,401 --> 00:24:30,635
DANCE, THAT THEY DON'T BELONG,

694
00:24:30,635 --> 00:24:32,804
THEY DON'T HAVE THE BODIES,

695
00:24:32,804 --> 00:24:34,172
THEIR SKIN TYPE WILL PREVENT

696
00:24:34,172 --> 00:24:35,607
THEM FROM GETTING A JOB IN THE

697
00:24:35,607 --> 00:24:37,242
FUTURE SO THEY SHOULD FOCUS ON

698
00:24:37,242 --> 00:24:38,476
ANOTHER FORM OF DANCE.

699
00:24:38,476 --> 00:24:40,312
>> HOW IS THAT GOING TO CHANGE?

700
00:24:40,312 --> 00:24:41,713
OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE ROLE MODELS

701
00:24:41,713 --> 00:24:44,049
LIKE YOURSELF, BUT IT SOUNDS

702
00:24:44,049 --> 00:24:45,517
LIKE THERE'S STILL MORE THAT

703
00:24:45,517 --> 00:24:46,351
NEEDS TO BE DONE.

704
00:24:46,351 --> 00:24:49,921
>> SOMETHING THAT PROJECT PLEE

705
00:24:49,921 --> 00:24:51,256
IS DOING IS NOT JUST GOING OUT

706
00:24:51,256 --> 00:24:52,958
INTO THE COMMUNITY AND TEACHING

707
00:24:52,958 --> 00:24:54,893
BALLET CLASSES, IT'S ABOUT

708
00:24:54,893 --> 00:24:56,161
EDUCATING COMMUNITIES, EDUCATING

709
00:24:56,161 --> 00:24:58,597
THE PARENTS, TRYING TO GET

710
00:24:58,597 --> 00:25:00,465
TEACHERS THAT ARE MORE DIVERSE

711
00:25:00,465 --> 00:25:03,134
IN THESE PLACES, IN THESE

712
00:25:03,134 --> 00:25:05,370
SPACES, SO THAT THEY SEE

713
00:25:05,370 --> 00:25:06,204
REPRESENTATION THROUGH EVERY

714
00:25:06,204 --> 00:25:06,838
SINGLE PART OF THE CLASSICAL

715
00:25:06,838 --> 00:25:10,108
BALLET WORLD.

716
00:25:10,108 --> 00:25:12,644
WHAT'S SO INCREDIBLE THAT'S

717
00:25:12,644 --> 00:25:13,879
HAPPENING BECAUSE OF MY VOICE

718
00:25:13,879 --> 00:25:15,814
AND BECAUSE OF THE PLATFORMS I

719
00:25:15,814 --> 00:25:18,650
HAVE IS THAT THE FOCUS IS REALLY

720
00:25:18,650 --> 00:25:20,785
BEING SPOTLIGHTED ON THE

721
00:25:20,785 --> 00:25:22,354
CLASSICAL BALLET WORLD, AS TO

722
00:25:22,354 --> 00:25:25,056
WHY IS THERE SUCH A LACK OF

723
00:25:25,056 --> 00:25:25,323
DIVERSITY?

724
00:25:25,323 --> 00:25:26,892
AND IT'S MAKING THESE COMPANIES

725
00:25:26,892 --> 00:25:28,293
AND THESE SCHOOLS HAVE TO

726
00:25:28,293 --> 00:25:29,794
ADDRESS IT, EVEN IF IT'S NOT

727
00:25:29,794 --> 00:25:31,062
SOMETHING THEY WANT TO CHANGE, I

728
00:25:31,062 --> 00:25:34,399
THINK THEY'RE BEING SEEN BY A

729
00:25:34,399 --> 00:25:36,167
BROADER AUDIENCE THAN JUST THE

730
00:25:36,167 --> 00:25:36,902
CLASSICAL BALLET WORLD.

731
00:25:36,902 --> 00:25:40,438
>> THERE'S A MILLION MORE

732
00:25:40,438 --> 00:25:41,673
QUESTIONS I COULD ASK YOU, BUT

733
00:25:41,673 --> 00:25:42,841
IT'S BEEN A PRIVILEGE SPEAKING

734
00:25:42,841 --> 00:25:43,074
TO YOU.

735
00:25:43,074 --> 00:25:46,878
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

736
00:25:46,878 --> 00:25:49,414
>>> AND BEFORE WE SAY GOOD

737
00:25:49,414 --> 00:25:50,315
NIGHT, WE OFFER YOU A GIFT.

738
00:25:50,315 --> 00:25:52,417
IT NOW YOU CAN TAKE "METROFOCUS"

739
00:25:52,417 --> 00:25:53,952
WITH YOU ANYWHERE ANY TIME.

740
00:25:53,952 --> 00:25:55,453
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741
00:25:55,453 --> 00:25:58,823
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742
00:25:58,823 --> 00:26:00,358
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743
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744
00:26:02,560 --> 00:26:04,529
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745
00:26:04,529 --> 00:26:06,364
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746
00:26:06,364 --> 00:26:06,564
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747
00:26:06,564 --> 00:26:09,200
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748
00:26:09,200 --> 00:26:10,602
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749
00:26:10,602 --> 00:26:12,304
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750
00:26:12,304 --> 00:26:18,510
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751
00:26:18,510 --> 00:26:20,745
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752
00:26:20,745 --> 00:26:21,012
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753
00:26:21,012 --> 00:26:22,247
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754
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