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SVSU play leads to mental outreach with local high schools

SVSU students performing play columbinus, 4/9/24
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Jeff Schrier
SVSU students performing play "Columbinus" on April 9, 2024.

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.

It happens to be the subject of the play that Saginaw Valley State University put on this semester. Recounting the events surrounding the shooting, "Columbinus" brings attention to an issue that has only become more prevalent in American culture.

In addition to the play, those involved have also been granted over $10,000 to help bring related mental health workshops to local high schools.

Director Peggy Mead-Finizio has been heading these workshops, which will run until mid-May. She said that these events help students discuss not only school shootings but also body image, identity and sexuality issues as well.

"We want a place where we can talk about these things that are hard to talk about. And you know, there are other things in the script that that teens deal with," Mead-Finizio told WCMU. "There are topics that are on their minds all the time and it just kind of opens up that discussion for them."

The SVSU dramaturgical team also took the time to create a website dedicated to teaching people about the massacre and honoring those who passed.

Editor's Note: In the interest of transparency, we note that Saginaw Valley State University is a financial supporter of WCMU.

Brianna Edgar is a newsroom intern covering the Tri-Cities for WCMU.
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