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Need to Know: February 22, 2013: After Newtown: Gone Boy

This week's host Maria Hinojosa

The damage done by the massacre of more than two dozen children and adults in Newtown, Conn. last December no doubt will reverberate for years. But much smaller shooting incidents that get little media attention can also have profound consequences.

One such incident occurred exactly 20 years before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. At Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts, a student went on a sudden shooting rampage that killed two people. Today, both the survivors and family members of those killed in the Simon’s Rock shooting are still trying to come to terms with what happened.

“Echoes of a shooting”  is part of PBS’ “After Newtown” initiative, a series of documentaries, news reports and public affairs programs that provides thought-provoking context to the national conversation about gun violence in America.

PBS has brought together its science, documentary and public affairs programs to provide in-depth reporting on the myriad issues related to gun violence, including gun laws, mental health support and availability, and school safety.

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“After Newtown”

Echoes of a shooting

Twenty years later: The impact of a school shooting in a small town in Western Massachusetts. The gunfire killed a student, Galen Gibson, a professor, Ñacuñán Sáez, and wounded four others.

American Voices: Jerry McGill

When he was just a 13-year-old boy, a single bullet in the back from an unsuspecting stranger left Jerry McGill a quadriplegic for the rest of his life.

Gone Boy

Read an excerpt from Gregory Gibson’s Gone Boy: A Father’s Search for the Truth in His Son’s Murder.

Remembering the night

Faculty who were working at the school during the 1992 shooting take us back to that fateful night.

Creating art from tragedy

The 1992 school shooting at Simon’s Rock College inspires poetry and piano.

Unpacking the semi-automatic

The AR-15 semi-automatic, used in both Newtown and Aurora, is one of the more popular guns in America and its sales are currently surging.

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