Press Release


NATIONíS MAYORS EXPRESS SYMPATHY TO COMMUNITY OF LITTLETON, COLORADO

A NATIONAL ACTION PLAN ON SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND KIDS

The shooting outside of Littleton, Colorado has shocked America to its very core. The nation's mayors express their extreme sadness for the victims and their families and for the entire community.

Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini, President of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, stated, "Our hearts go out to the children and parents impacted by this tragic event."

As the nation's mayors, we have long been concerned with violence in Americaís schools and how to make them safer. Parents should never have to worry when they send their children to school. To work toward the nationís goal of violence free schools, the United States Conference of Mayors recently sponsored the first-ever National Summit on School Violence and Kids from 2:00 to 8:00PM which was held in Salt Lake City on September 24, 1998.

"Our National Action Plan calls for important steps such as 100,000 new school counselors for intervention with at-risk and troubled youth, metal detectors for schools that want and need them, school uniforms for all children, comprehensive gun safety legislation, greater before- and after-school opportunities for children, and a reduction of violence in the media and entertainment industries," Corradini said.

"At our National Summit, mayors joined with Attorney General Janet Reno along with police chiefs, educators, students, health experts, and representatives from the news media and entertainment industries in developing a National Action Plan to address the growing concern over school violence," Corradini said.

A copy of The U.S. Conference of Mayors National Action Plan can be found on the U.S. Conference of Mayors web site at /uscm along with 260 Best Practices on School Violence Prevention.

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