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By Lookout Staff

February 16, 2018 -- A panel discussion at Santa Monica College announced earlier this week assumed a new urgency after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.

The panel discussion "Beyond Gun Control: What Can Be Done to Reduce Violence in Our Society?" will be held at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Hall 165 on SMC's main campus, 1900 Pico Boulevard.

Seating is on a first-arrival basis.

The panelists includes SMC sociology professor Dr. Rebecca Romo, SMC psychology professor Dr. Karen Gunn, former FBI agent Chris Woiwode and community activist Josef Sanchez.

It will be moderated by student trustee Chase Matthews.

"The discussion will examine how gun-violence reduction measures will continue to fall short without widespread individual and organized engagement in the transformation of our social values and practices," event organizers said.

The discussion will be held in the wake of the mass shooting Wednesday afternoon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead, making it one the deadliest school massacres on record.

The gunman, Nikolas Cruz was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with seventeen counts of premeditated murder.

Cruz, who had been expelled from the school last year, is said to have been struggling with emotional problems and was prone to violent acts.

The discussion is sponsored by SMC’s Black Collegians Program, SMC’s Adelante Program, the SMC English Department, the SMC Sociology Department and the SMC Associates, a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus.

Street parking is restricted around the SMC main campus. Attendees are encouraged to arrive via the Expo line, the bus, or a ride-sharing service.

For more information call (310) 434-4100.


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