Gun Violence

Outside of P.J. Harrigan's restaurant
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State College police are still trying to find what drove a 21-year-old man to kill three people and seriously injure another before killing himself Thursday night. 

State College Police Chief John Gardner said detectives are looking into every possible angle to find answers about why Jordan Witmer fatally shot three people.

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A vigil was held in downtown State College Monday afternoon for the victims of last week's mass shooting at P.J. Harrigan's and at a home near the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in State College.  More than 50 people attended, bundled against the cold, to honor those affected by the tragedy. 

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Penn State’s School of Theatre is the first school in the country to host the #HereToo project. The project was co-founded by Barbara Pitts McAdams of the Tectonic Theatre Project. Tectonic is the group that created The Laramie Project two decades ago, the play about the murder of Matthew Sheppard, which is still widely performed today.

On April 20th, 1999, 12 students and one teacher were killed at the Columbine High School in Colorado. On this day 19 years later, a school walkout in protest against gun violence spread across the nation. 

“We’re all post-Columbine kids,” said State College Area High School senior Kayla Fatemi. “I think, for us, [school shooting] is just something that we have to grow up with.”

Seated crowd
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A 2nd Amendment rally drew several hundred people to the Grice Gun Shop in Clearfield Saturday. 

“Good morning 2nd Amendment supporters.”

That was Tom Grice greeting the crowd. Grice has been holding the 2nd Amendment rally for at least five or six years. He said this year was the largest turnout yet.

“I think people understand now that it’s really under attack, more than ever, and they want to know what to do, they want to come get information, they want to learn,” Grice said.

State High students organized the local March For Our Lives to protest against gun violence and demanded action for gun control policy.
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Hundreds of people attended “March for Our Lives” in State College on Saturday, in conjunction with the national march taking place in Washington D.C. The march started in the courtyard in front of the State College Area High School and made its way to Penn State’s Old Main Building.

State High students organized this sister march to protest against gun violence and demanded action for gun control policy.

About 300 State College High School students attended a memorial in rememberance of the victims of the Parkland Shooting in conjunction with the National School Walkout.
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Students across the nation hosted walkouts on Wednesday in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month. 

Students of State College High School held a memorial to pay tribute. Seventeen students read names and biographies of the 17 victims who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, followed by a moment of silence.  

About 300 students chose to attend the memorial in the school courtyard. School administration and student organizers worked together to plan to event. 

Peter Buckland recounts his memories of the HUB Lawn Shooting for an oral history recording on September 16, 2016.
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September 17, 1996 is a painful date for many who were attending Penn State, including Peter Buckland. He said, “The community was , I would say, totally floored. I mean, I was.”

It was the day State College resident Jillian Robbins opened fire on the lawn of the HUB student union on the University Park campus, killing one student and wounding another.