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Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent
December 12, 2018

             Gun violence in schools has become a national epidemic in recent years. The Upper Perkiomen Valley experienced this type of violence in 1993 with a tragic shooting at the Upper Perk high school.

 

           Ernie Quatrani was a teacher there at the time. It was an event that contributed to the inception of his new book, Internal Lockdown. A fictional account of gun violence in a school that tells the story through the eyes of students and teachers. It's a sharp and honest book. A unique perspective from the view point of those that are exposed to this type of raw and intimate violence.

            Quatrani grew up in Havertown, Delaware County. He attended high school at Arch Bishop Carroll and later graduated from Temple University with a degree in communications and Villanova with a Masters Degree in education management. He received his teaching certificate from St. Joseph's University.

            Quatrani taught English for 39 years at Upper Perk. He was also a baseball coach for many years.

            After the shooting at Upper Perk in 1993, he filled the role of assistant principal for six months. The combination of education and distinct experiences in his professional life paved a path for the development of this perspicacious novel.

            Internal Lockdown is Ernie Quatrani's first book and is candid, ingenuous and abraded. It  is straightforward and told from various viewpoints of those that are tragically tossed into this type of violent chaos.

            Before the tragedy of Columbine, a student of Quatrani's ...



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