Safer schools town hall

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

All concerned Lincoln citizens are invited to participate in an upcoming “Town Hall Conversation on Building a Safer Community.” The event will occur on Thursday, April 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Ted Sorensen Auditorium at Lincoln High School, 2229 J Street.

Panelists for the event include:

  • Jeff Bliemeister: Chief of the Lincoln Police Department
  • Steve Joel: Superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools
  • Leirion Gaylor Baird: Lincoln City Council member
  • Korey Reiman: attorney and President of “Parents United for Greater School Security”
  • John Harris: pastor, First Baptist Church; president, Encouragement Unlimited, Inc.
  • Katie McLeese Stephenson, executive director, Child Guidance Center
  • Maia Ramsey: Lincoln High School student
  • Joe Starita, University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor, will moderate the discussion.

The event is designed as a community conversation between panelists and members of the audience across a wide range of topics including:

  • How to strengthen school safety, hiring more school resource officers, installing metal detectors
  • Improving mental health services, threat assessment techniques and coordination among law enforcement agencies
  • Balancing Second Amendment rights against calls for tougher background checks, raising age limits on weapons purchases and banning assault weapons
  • The impact of violent video games and bullying
  • The role faith organizations can play in building a strong community
  • Providing safe after-school activities through Community Learning Centers

All segments of Lincoln’s community are encouraged to attend this event and to offer their thoughts and concerns in a constructive, civil manner.

Ample parking is available in the two surface parking lots north of Lincoln High School and in the large surface parking lot east of the school at the Lewis Ball Fields. Doors at the school’s main entrance will open to the public at 6:30 p.m.