National Policymakers Trying Range of Measures to Stem School Violence
Responding to a prominent string of school slayings in the past year and a half, federal policymakers have been actively seeking ways for the U.S. government to help stem episodes such as last week's tragedy in Jefferson County, Colo.
The efforts start at the top with "bully pulpit" speeches from President Clinton and extend to a range of preventive measures from several federal agencies, including the departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services.
"We can't look toward the federal [government] to solve the problem," June Arnette, the associate director of the National School Safety Center in Westlake Village, Calif., said last week. Instead, she said, federal officials ought to play a "leadership role" and provide incentives for effective efforts by others.
William Modzeleski, the director of the Education Department's Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities program, said his department's focus is on providing leadership, technical assistance, and resources to help schools prevent violence and manage situations where it does occur.
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