HEART OF THE MATTER"
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA)
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Guest: Gail L. Compte, Marketing Dir., NEMA
Topic: "In a Flash" video program
Host/Producer: Steve Girard
NEMA: Kids and gun injuries...coming up...
SPOT: NEMA...the National Emergency Medicine Association...fights our worst health enemies - heart disease, stroke, trauma. Call 800-332-6362.
NEMA: More middle school age kids are using guns to settle their arguments...and most have a Hollywood mindset of what will happen...I'll be dead, or I'll be OK in a few weeks. An educational video called In a Flash shows kids that in between lies serious, incapacitating, life long injury...this is spokeswoman Gail LeCompte...
LECOMPTE: And In a Flash does tell the truth about gun violence and gun injury, but it serves as a catalyst for developing non-violent ways to settle conflict, and teaching kids those kinds of life skills.
NEMA: The video is being used in all 700 Maryland and Washington, D.C. middle schools...and gets kids involved in sorting out the issue for themselves...
LECOMPTE: And the teachers found that very, very valuable that it made the program material relevant to the kids...and it also allowed them a chance to sit down with their peer group and find ways to solve conflicts that wasn't going to diminish them in the eyes of their friends.
NEMA: For more information on getting In a Flash for your school, police department or community group... call 1-800-332-6362. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.