PHOENIX -- Angela Robinson is working to bring something positive out of last year’s mass shooting in Tucson at the hands of Jared Lee Loughner.
Robinson was impacted greatly by the January 2011 incident, as her mother Mavanell “Mavy” Stoddard was shot in the leg, and her father Dorwin was killed.
Robinson currently oversees counselors for the Pima County School Superintendent, but she hopes to have an even bigger impact in the area of mental health care.
Robinson will be graduating from Grand Canyon University on Friday with a master’s degree in educational administration. Following graduation, Robinson will be devoting her time to advocating for more training for school counselors.
“It’s time finally to put mental health in schools and mandate counselors so that there’s the one person in the school that can absolutely take care of these children,” Robinson said.
Despite the tragic results of last year’s shooting, Robinson says she’s focused on the future and determined to turn the incident into an opportunity to help the community.
“I can’t look at the death. I have to look at what I can do for others going forward,” Robinson remarked.
Loughner, 23, killed six people and injured 13 others when he opened fire at an event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on January 8, 2011. He is facing a total of 49 charges, 14 of which could carry the death penalty.
Loughner was ruled unfit to stand trial last year, with experts saying he suffers from schizophrenia. Doctors have been involuntarily medicating Loughner in an attempt to make him fit to stand trial.