November 23, 1994
The National League of Cities this month released a study weighted down with gloomy but not surprising news: Violence is a growing problem in U.S. public schools, practically shoving aside academics as the main concern of many school officials, teachers, parents and students.According to the NLC survey of 700 big cities and small towns throughout the United States, 40 percent of the respondents said school violence has climbed "significantly" during the past five years. In 70 percent of the surveyed communities, local police officers routinely patrol the schools.
August 3, 1993
By creating a committee to study school violence, Carroll Superintendent R. Edward Shilling is tackling a subject too often swept under the rug. For many county residents, school violence occurs only in inner city schools, but the sad reality is that attacks on teachers and students are increasing in every school system. Weapons are also appearing in schools with greater frequency.School yard bullies and playground fights are not unique to this generation of students. But the character of the violence has changed.
November 30, 1993
The Baltimore Teachers Union has asked me to join its task force on school violence. The panel of parents, educators and other members of the community is scheduled to meet for the first time Thursday. It is to report on its recommendations by February.Unfortunately, the canons of my profession prevent me from participating. Generally speaking, journalists do not get personally involved in organizations or events that affect public policy and generate news. If we join, we lose our credibility as reporters.
November 19, 1995
I read with interest the two articles in The Sun on Nov. 5 entitled, "Some advocating guards at Meade Senior High" and "Violent students go unpunished, teachers say."My son attends Meade Senior High. So far this school year he has been physically assaulted twice (by students he did not know), has had two sets of gym clothes stolen ($15 initial loss) and has had a $5 lock smashed off his gym locker by the thieves who robbed him. At this rate, we anticipate the school year will cost us about $200 in stolen tangibles, and about two weeks of lost leave for my husband and myself.
January 6, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Violence in schools is more acute than it was five years ago -- a result, primarily, of the breakdown of the family and the portrayal of violence by the media, according to school board members from 700 districts nationwide.Alcohol and drug abuse, easy access to guns, and poverty were cited as other major causes in the survey released yesterday."Now that we have solid information on the causes, we must take up the difficult task of working with federal and state government, parent groups, the business community and the media in finding solutions," said William Soult, president of the National School Boards Association, which conducted the survey.