WTVP-Public Media to Air
“What Next after Newtown”
“What Next after Newtown” airs Friday, January 11th
from 7- 10 p.m. on WTVP-HD 47.1
As the debates continue over violence in society, guns and gun laws, policies on mental
illness, and the safety of our children in schools, WTVP-Public Media for Central Illinois will air
WHAT NEXT AFTER NEWTOWN: WHAT OUR COUNTRY AND COMMUNITIES CAN DO.
The special presentation from WNET in New York City will preempt regular programming on Friday,
Jan. 11th from 7:00 - 10:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1 (or check local cable/satellite listings).
The three-hour program is divided into the following segments:
The mind of a killer…a look at the latest theories about what causes killing sprees. The program
will explore the issues of depression and rage and why they often focus on a school environment.
Public policy and mental illness...What is available for a troubled young person? Are there enough
diagnostic tools available? What kind of treatment is available and affordable?
School security…How much security is in place now and what lessons can we learn from the Newtown and
other tragedies? What kind of training is in place now?
Talking to children and finding a path to healing…How will age groups react differently over time?
How can communities heal and what lessons can we learn from other communities who have dealt with mass
Violence in the media…Are we as a society becoming more accustomed to violence because we see it
everywhere, from the non-stop news cycle which dwells on tragedies such as this, to video games, movies and
television? Do these images have a real effect on people?
Accessibility of weapons, especially assault weapons…Is there any reason for any civilian to have
these weapons of destruction? Or, will they continue to slip in no matter what we do? Is a more realistic
solution not banning guns but putting more guns into the hands of security guards, teachers and others?
In the coming months, WTVP will continue to look at these and other related issues.
For more information, contact Linda Miller at (309) 495-0591.