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Panelist Bio

John T. "Tom" Schedler
Senator, (R) District 11

Senator John T. "Tom" Schedler is currently serving his third term in the Louisiana State Senate representing the 11th Senatorial District, which covers parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. He is currently serving on eight Senate Committees, including Health and Welfare and the Louisiana Commission on Mental Health [Chairman].

Senator Schedler has also been appointed to and serves, as a representative of the Louisiana Senate, on the health committee of the Southern Legislative Conference and the Forum for State Health Policies, through the National Legislative Conference.

Senator Schedler has received awards and/or honors from numerous health-related societies and organizations, including: the Louisiana Dietetic Association; the Rural Hospital Coalition; the Rural Health Association; Louisiana Nursing Home Association; the President's Committee on Mental Retardation; the Louisiana Hospital Association, and the Louisiana Association for Mental Health; Metro Hospital Council of New Orleans and the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Mental Illness.

Senator Schedler was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, graduating from De LaSalle High School in 1967, prior to receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly USL) in May 1971. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker and has interests in several other businesses. He served as Director of a hospital Health Foundation and was the director of Managed Care Services and Business Development from November 1990 to March 1996 at a St. Tammany Parish hospital. He is married to the former Stephanie Gele', of Lafayette, Louisiana, for thirty-two years, who administers Hospice Programs in Louisiana and Mississippi. They have three daughters.

Current Topic

     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)

Our panelists are:
• Sheriff Jason Ard, Livingston Parish
• Betty Muller, M.D., Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
• Scott Richard, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia

The program features interviews with Bossier Parish School Superintendent Scott Smith; Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington; Director of Security for Bossier Parish Schools, Lt. Adam Johnson; and Meagan Medley, Ph.D., a nationally-certified school psychologist and assistant professor at Nicholls State University. LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and LPB news anchor, Andre’ Moreau, will moderate the discussion.

Louisiana Public Square
can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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