UMM to Host Forum on Gun Rights, School Security, Mental Health, and Culture

MACHIAS, Maine – Amid national debate over gun control following the deadly Newtown, Conn., school shooting, the University of Maine at Machias will host a public discussion on policy issues relating to gun rights, school security, mental health, and culture. The forum will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, in the Portside room of Kimball Hall.

A five-member panel of local school, health, and law enforcement officials will take part in the discussion. Panel participants will include Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith; AOS 96 Superintendent Scott Porter; Thomas Halkett, a counselor, pastor, and UMM instructor; Scott Huber, a local marine resources officer and gun rights supporter; and Ashley Pesek, a licensed clinical social worker and therapist.

UMM faculty members Jon Reisman, associate professor of economics and public policy and chair of the Division of Professional Studies, and Tora Johnson, director of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Service Center, will moderate the forum.

The forum is free and open to the public and will also be streamed live on the UMM Web site at Twitter users can tweet questions to be asked of the panel members by using the hashtag #UMMLive.

For more information, contact Reisman at 255-1242.