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The mix has become appallingly predictable volcanic anger no skills to vent the anger or ease the pain no trusted adult to turn to and accessibility of firearms Result dead and wounded students faculty and staff at schools in all parts of our nation We can all help prevent these tragedies in three ways violence prevention not reaction programs in every community young people taught by all of us how to manage anger and handle conflicts peaceably and guns kept out of the hands of unsupervised kids and treated as hazardous consumer products But the relatively small number of school-site homicides is only the tip of an iceberg that could cost our children their futures and our communities their civic health Violence in our schools -- whether it involves threats fistfights knives or firearms -- is unwarranted and intolerable Children deserve a safe setting to learn in Teachers and staff deserve a safe place to work in Communities deserve safe schools that educate kids and help keep neighborhoods safer For some schools violence may be a minor issue for others it may be a daily presence Though the most extreme forms of violence are rare the threat of all kinds of violence can keep students away from school prevent them from going to after-school events and leave them in fear every day To make our schools safer everyone can and must pitch in -- teachers parents students policy makers law enforcement officers business managers faith leaders civic leaders youth workers and other concerned community residents Each of us can do something to help solve the problem And its a problem we all must solve What can you do to stop school violence This page links to six starter lists of ideas Some require only individual action some require concerted effort Some address immediate issues like kids bringing weapons to school others address the problems that cause violence Consider these lists a launching pad Theres lots
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