Former Columbine student speaks out on preventing gun violence

7:05 AM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - This week's debate over gun control comes as we prepare to mark the 14th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting that left 13 people dead.

Katie Lyles was a student at Columbine that day in the 10th grade, and now she's a teacher hoping to be part of the solution to curb school violence. Lyles has never spoke publicly about her experience at Columbine, but the events at Sandy Hook Elementary school compelled her to come forward and do something.

Katie join KARE 11 Sunrise live from New York City, along with the National Education Association's Vice President, Lily Eskelsen. They also spoke about the NEA's approach to preventing gun violence:

1) Increased access to mental health services: this is an imperative step to preventing gun violence, and places greater emphasis on focusing on bullying prevention

2) Upgrading school facilities to ensure safe and secure learning environments

3) Expanding programs and training for students and educators. We must work together to push Congress to do what is necessary to have safe schools.

4) Meaningful action to help decrease gun violence. Educators want and need continued training to help them spot potential mental health needs, bullying or high-risk behaviors.

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