Our special interview series is designed to help us better understand how the issues of bullying, education, gun safety, mental healthcare, parenting and poverty impact us and how we can make a difference. If you share our mission of preventing senseless violence and are interested in being interviewed, please contact us.
Ted Zocco-Hochhalter, Columbine Father and School Safety Advocate
Meet Ted Zocco-Hochhalter, father and school safety advocate. In our interview with Ted, read about how the Columbine tragedy has affected him and his family. As you will learn, Ted had two children at Columbine on the day 13 people were murdered and 24 were injured, some severely. Ted has been forever changed by what happened that day. Today he works tenaciously and passionately on school safety protocols designed to train schools and communities to prepare for and handle emergency situations, such as those that occurred at Columbine and Sandy Hook. You can learn more about Ted at his blog: Finding PEACE, on his website: The PEACE Challenge, or on Facebook.
Meet Ted Zocco-Hochhalter, Columbine Father and School Safety Advocate
An introduction to Ted Zocco-Hochhalter, in his own words, from a blog written about his experience the day of the Columbine tragedy.
ICHH Special Interview: Ted Zocco-Hochhalter – Part 1
“Your daughter, Anne Marie, was shot and severely injured at Columbine April 20, 1999 and your son, Nathan, was in a science room for four hours that day but was physically unharmed. How are you and your family doing almost 14 years later?”
ICHH Special Interview: Ted Zocco-Hochhalter – Part 2
“You have become an advocate for safer schools and common sense legislation that prevents senseless violence. You have developed a website called The PEACE Challenge and will soon be presenting your own plan for safer schools. Please tell us about your work and your hopes for a safer nation.”
ICHH Special Interview: Ted Zocco-Hochhalter – Part 3
“You recently suggested we should be talking about “gun safety,” not gun control.” Besides appropriate terminology, what do you feel is lacking from the current conversation on this issue and where do you see common ground?”
ICHH Special Interview: Ted Zocco-Hochhalter – Part 4
“Finally, it has been almost 14 years since the Columbine tragedy and school shootings seem to be increasing, along with the death toll due to gun violence. Do you feel we can and will see a safer nation in coming years or do you see our division on this issue as insurmountable?”
Mary Kay Mace, NIU Mom and Gun Violence Prevention Advocate
Meet Mary Kay Mace. On February 14, 2008, a gunman walked into her daughter’s classroom at Northern Illinois University. Mary Kay’s life was forever changed that day. Read our interview with Mary Kay to learn more about that fateful day and about what her mission has become.
Disclaimer: We conduct our Special Interviews in hopes of expanding the conversation on how we can prevent tragedies, like Newtown, Columbine and NIU, by addressing the following areas: bullying, education, gun safety, mental healthcare, parenting and poverty. The opinions and views expressed in our Special Interviews are those of the guest and may not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of It Can Happen Here, our Board of Directors or our volunteers.