School Violence: What is Being Done to Combat School Violence? What Should Be Done? Hearing Before the Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, May 20, 1999   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the opening statement of John L. Mica: "While student deaths receive the most media attention, the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice statistics tells us that thousands of violent crimes occur everyday in, and near our schools. In 1996, approximately 225,000 non-fatal, serious crimes occurred at schools, and about 671,000 away from schools. The tragic events at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO and its aftermath have riveted our national attention on this pressing and perplexing issue. Needless acts of violence are always reprehensible, but vicious and multiple killings in our schools that take the lives of our innocent children are among the most tragic and heartwrenching events imaginable…. School violence at all levels is an issue that Congress has a responsibility to address. We are obligated to determine what more can be done to protect children of all ages, particularly from acts of violence associated with our schools. […] Today, our Federal Government has a number of Federal programs and agencies that spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to address the problem of school violence. It is an especially important matter for this subcommittee that our Federal programs provide the targeted and effective assistance that is needed by our States, our cities, and our local communities and schools." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Nelba Chavez, William Modzeleski, Charlie Condon, Gary L. Walker, Reuben Greenberg, Kevin Dwyer, James Baker, Jan Gallagher, Bill Hall, Gary M. Fields, Clarence Cain, Anthony Snead, Jeffrey Schurott, Lawrence Sherman, and Dennis J. Kucinich.

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