Prevention is key to curtailing school violence

June 4, 2008
Maryland conference looks at how schools can deal more effectively with troubled students

Experts on school violence say communities and schools should take a preventive approach to school violence rather than focus solely on punishing students who have behavior problems. Speakers at a conference in Maryland say students are looking for structure, high academic expectations, and teachers who understand and can communicate with them. Providing those basics will make schools safer. The summit was organized after several high-profile incidents of violence in schools this year, including the beating of a Baltimore teacher that became nationwide news after it was recorded on a student's cell phone and posted on the Internet. The summit was called to find solutions to the problems of school violence, but the conversation among participants and speakers focused more broadly on the need to intervene in the lives of troubled children as early as elementary school.

To read The Baltimore Sun article, click here.

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